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State-of-the-Art Hardware at American Alliance of Museums Conference

New Orleans Event Brings Thousands of Museum Professionals Together
Authored by
Hugh McDonald
Executive Producer

At the end of May, Ideum was proud to showcase our newest interactive experiences and hardware at the 2019 conference of the American Alliance of Museums in beguiling New Orleans, Louisiana. We joined hundreds of other exhibit development professionals in the massive exhibition hall to preview upcoming exhibits, research emerging technical developments, and brainstorm about the next generation of immersive experiences with old friends and new collaborators alike.

We were particularly pleased to highlight two new exhibits debuting in the Crescent City. Our team has been working with the National World War II Museum on an interactive exhibit for Bayou to Battlefield, a new exhibition illuminating the life and work of Andrew Jackson Higgins, the visionary entrepreneur who oversaw the creation of landing craft, PT boats, and other vessels that played key roles in Allied strategy during WWII. Our exhibit is now on view at the Museum—right in front of an actual Higgins landing craft.

In fact, this marks our second collaboration with the World War II Museum. In 2018, the Museum debuted On the Road with Bob Hope, an interactive journey with Hope’s troupe of USO entertainers, as part of the So Ready for Laughter exhibition. At that exhibit, visitors use an Ideum multitouch table to follow Hope as he and his team brought a taste of home to thousands of soldiers in both European and Pacific Theaters.

We were also proud to present our new collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection at the conference. This interactive tour of the City’s famed French Quarter lets users explore the district’s architecture through then-and-now photos, view and compare maps illuminating the area’s history and development, and create and save personalized tours of the Quarter’s picturesque avenues. Running on a massive Ideum Colossus

multitouch table with four user stations, the exhibit is now open at the Collection’s headquarters on Royal Street.

Our team was especially glad to share our conference booth with two key collaborators. Denver-based Intervoke joined us in showcasing the new Deep Dive into the Brain exhibit which recently debuted at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Intervoke created the exhibit’s stunning 3D imagery which is projected onto a 14’ wall and navigated with Ideum’s custom control console application. And our longtime partner, Christie Digital, used the occasion to preview a brand-new curved LED tile wall prototype, with modular technology and superior brightness that dazzled conference attendees.

Conferences like these play an invaluable role in sharing innovative approaches to interactive and immersive exhibit development, and Ideum is always glad to have the opportunity to highlight our latest work and collaborations. We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 AAM conference in San Francisco next spring!