3 — Inspiring museum interactives

When watching Amy’s presentation the digital museum experience that I liked the most was the Records of Rights Interactive Table which is located in the David M Rubenstein Gallery in Washington, DC. Its 17 foot long, and I think if theres a screen of this size in the room its going to be the main attraction. It holds up to 300 documents so people can learn lots from it, which is its main purpose. Where most screen type interactives in museum only normally allow up to two people on it at once, this can have large groups of visitors using it, scrolling through. Not only is it the table, the interactivity also goes on to the wall, where users can show how they feel about some of the information provided.

I think the main goal of this was to get as much information on it as possible and to do this they made it the size that it is. They wanted people to be able to touch and move around different parts of the screen so it has a multi touch functionality. It also has a feature where it reacts to the visitor’s presence through motion-sensing cameras by presenting a welcome interface. The only thing I say that I don’t think works too well is the part where visitors can leave their feedback for others to see. They can give the emotion it made them feel and also whether they thought it was a positive or negative. I don’t really think this is completely needed and also sometimes giving people the freedom to do something like this can be a bit of a risk. However, I could also see how they could use this as a positive as they can receive feedback about what visitors are thinking of the exhibition.