Museums

  

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

Ideum has partnered with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to navigate their extensive State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition, running from September 13, 2014 to January 19, 2015.

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We are collaborating with Crystal Bridges in the creation of a custom software application that will allow visitors to go beyond the works in the gallery and explore each of the 100 American artists in the State of the Art exhibit in more detail, complete with works that are not on physical display in the museum.  

The exhibit spans a variety of medium, from more traditional painting and sculpture to installation and new media works – the custom application gives viewers the ability to view works of all types in one convenient location.  Users navigate the US map to find artists from all over the country, learn about their motivation, view their studios, and even watch recorded interviews with the artists talking about their work.  Additionally, users can find artwork and artists in their neck of the woods –  by entering a zip code and an email address, they can have a custom list of galleries and museums emailed to them.

We’ve posted some of the work in progress that we’ve done with Crystal Bridges to Ideum’s portfolio on Behance.

Additionally, Ideum has developed two custom multitouch screens to display the custom software, helping visitors investigate further into the incredible lives and artwork of these up-and-coming artists and explore what is happening today in American art.

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Ideum created two custom screens, one a 55” Drafting TouchTable and the other a 46” Presenter TouchWall with a custom white color coating, matching the white walls of the pristine gallery setting.

More information about this incredible exhibit to come, as we get closer to the opening date.

For current information on State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, please visit: http://crystalbridges.org/exhibitions/stateoftheart/

 

  
 
 
  
  

The New Cooper-Hewitt Experience

Cooper-Hewitt Design MuseumThe Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be reopening to the public on December 12, 2014 and Ideum is playing a big part in their improved visitor experience. Throughout the gallery, there will be interactive collections and exhibitions, complete with large projected capactive (pro-cap) displays, custom designed and engineered by Ideum. Along with the team at Cooper Hewitt, we are working with some great partners including: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Local Projects, among others.

The displays at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are the world’s first fully-integrated 4K Ultra High-Definition pro-cap multitouch tables that use stylus input.  There will be 55” and 84” tables throughout the museum that will allow visitors to utilize a specialized stylus “pen” to gather information and drawings as they visit the various exhibits.  Each table will allow several users the ability to gather information at the same time.  The 55” table allows six users and the 84” will allow eight users to simultaneously utilize the table and gather personalized information.  

To learn more visit the Cooper-Hewitt website and The New York Times

  
 
 
  
  

Join Open Exhibits and Ideum at AAM’s Museum Expo


Next week Open Exhibits and Ideum will be at the annual AAM Museum Expo in Seattle, Washington. Join us at our booth (#2809) in the Technology Innovation Zone from May 19th – May 21st. We’ll be featuring interactive software applications created with the Open Exhibits SDK on Ideum’s 4K UHD Platform 55 Drafting Table and Platform 46 Full-Size Table.  We will also have print copies of the HCI+ISE conference findings available for free! We look forward to seeing you! Shoot us an email at info(at)ideum.com if you’d like to meet up. 

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Ideum & Open Exhibits at ASTC 2013

astc-conferenceThe Association of Science – Technology Centers (ASTC) is holding their annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico from October 19-22.  With the conference here in our state, we have a lot planned. First off, we are sharing a booth with the Open Exhibits project. We have two booths in fact (#201/300) and we will be hard to miss as we are right in front of entrance two at the exhibit hall. 

In addition to the booths, we will be presenting at two sessions: Existing in Two Worlds Pecha Kucha and Engaging Visitors with Disabilities in STEM Learning.  In the first session, we will present lessons learned from the Human Computer Interaction in Informal Science Education (HCI+ISE) Conference held earlier this year. In the second, we will explain our work in the Creating Museum Media for Everyone (CMME) project to build in accessibility tools within Open Exhibits.

Finally, we are having a party and you’re invited (if you are attending ASTC, of course). We will be hosting this party Monday October 21st at the Ideum studios in conjunction with the Exhibitionist Journal (published by the National Association for Museum Exhibition, NAME). Stop by our booth at ASTC and we’ll give you a party pass!mariachineuvo-sonido

Mariachi Nuevo Sonido will be playing at the Ideum studio party which will include New Mexico food and beverages. We will also be showing off our new multitouch tables including our new Platform 46 and Platform 32 and 46 multitouch coffee tables.

  
 
 
  
  

Ideum Creative Services – Portfolio Update

Over the last few years, we’ve become fairly well known for our hardened multitouch tables and touch walls.  What some people don’t know is that we provide creative services in the areas of application development and custom exhibits. In fact, our firm has been developing interactive exhibits for nearly fifteen years. 

To better showcase these services we’ve redesigned our portfolio site. We’ve also added new projects including: Visit Indy – a multitouch-enabled 3D interactive exhibit exploring the city of Indianapolis and Survey George Washington – a multiuser interactive developed with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In addition, earlier this year we added projects with SFMOMA, Gateway Science Museum, and Spinnaker Tower to the interactive exhibits section of our portfolio. 

We’ve added many additional photographs to the Ideum Flickr site showing these custom applications and some of the custom hardware that we’ve produced (a few examples below).

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Currently, we are working on projects with George Washington’s Mount Vernon (yes, another George Washington project!), Citizen Science, the National Park Service, NASA, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These projects will be appearing in our portfolio in the coming months. 

  
 
 
  
  

Multitouch Coffee Tables Now Shipping

Our first Platform 46 Multitouch Coffee Tables are shipping out this week. This first wave of multitouch coffee tables are going to a pair of universities that will be placing them in student learning centers and lounges. 

We’re excited to see these tables ship-off to their higher learning destinations. They’ll be put to the test by in-coming fall ’13 students! That’s okay, we know these tables are up to the challenge.

See the Platform 46 coffee table in action in the video below:

 Learn more about the Platform 46 Multitouch Coffee Table with integrated 3M displays.

  
 
 
  
  

New Version of Informal Science is Live

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This week the new site for the Informal Science website (informalscience.org) was launched. Ideum, in collaboration with CAISE (The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) and the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, designed the site and compiled the resources of three previous educational sites into a single, comprehensive online destination for informal science education (ISE) professionals. The site was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Along with a new and improved design, the Informal Science website features an active member community, interactive guides, a robust project and research search engine, discussion forum, in-depth wiki and much more.

Learn more about the Informal Science web project in our portfolio.

 

  
 
 
  
  

Ideum at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo

aam_logoIdeum will be attending this month’s American Alliance of Museum’s Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Baltimore, May 19-22. We’ll be at Booth #501 - come see our Platform 3M 46 touch table, Presenter 55 touch wall, and our Open Exhibits Collection Viewer application.  

The MuseumExpo opening event begins on Monday, May 20th at noon. 

Jim Spadaccini, Ideum’s CEO & Creative Director, will present in the Annual Meeting session titled Learning Together: Developing Multi-User Interactives on Tuesday, May 21st at 8:45 a.m.  Fellow presenters include Aaron Miller of Bluecadet, Marie Georg of the Field Museum, and moderator Josh Goldblum of Bluecadet. 

  
 
 
  
  

Open Exhibits Workshop at Museums and the Web 2013

Open Exhibits is presenting a workshop at the Museums and the Web 2013 conference in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, April 17.

The Open Exhibits workshop will explore the technology and design aspects of multitouch, multi-user exhibit development through hands-on application building using the Open Exhibits SDK. Among much else, the workshop will introduce the digital database collection viewer, an application that allows multitouch, mulituser browsing of a museum’s digital media archive.

The workshop is open to both new and veteran users. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about topics of interest including:

• Integrating digital media databases (including Flickr)
• Multitouch, multiuser design strategies
• Gesture Markup Language
• Creative Markup Language
• Building components and other advanced SDK topics

Workshop attendees will experience the Open Exhibits software framework through one of Ideum’s multitouch tables, the Platform.The attendees will learn how to create an application using the framework and will have the opportunity to test it on a large multitouch, multiuser computing surface.

The workshop will be led by Jim Spadaccini, Director of Ideum and Principal Investigator of Open Exhibits and Charles Veasey, Project Manager and Lead Software Developer of Open Exhibits.

The annual Museums and the Web conference is the leading international conference in the field of museums and their websites. It has been organized by Archives & Museum Informatics each Spring in North America since 1997.

Register now:
http://mw2013.museumsandtheweb.com

  
 
 
  
  

Ideum and Open Exhibits at ASTC 2012 Conference

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) will be hosting its annual conference October 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio.  Ideum and Open Exhibits will be sharing a booth (#709) and showing off multitouch and arduino-based hardware and software. (You can learn more on the OE website, see: What is Open Exhibits?)

In our booth you can check out the new Platform multitouch table running a variety of Open Exhibits software modules. The Platform is a completely integrated touch table with a 55″ LCD. It supports up to 40 touch points and is 2″ thin. It is the thinnest commercially available multitouch table in the world. With the release of Open Exhibits 2.5 this fall, we will have a lot of new multitouch software to show at ASTC.

We are also planning on demoing our arduino module for Adobe ActionScript and Open Exhibits. This free software module makes it easy to incorporate sensors, lights, buttons, dials, and other peripherals into computer-based exhibits.

We hope see you at ASTC in October! We will also be at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference, ITS 2012, in Boston in November. We will post more information about that conference very soon.

 

  
 
 
  
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