There’s another industry that is always trying new ways to engage users. I’ve visited many museums around the world and sometimes exhibit curators make the effort on trying new interactive platforms. Some fail but some actually are successful. I visited a contemporary museum in Stockholm, Sweden where they had an Andy Warhol exhibit. They used tablets as mini-kiosks to better demonstrate Andy’s influence in pop music. A better example of using new technology in art exhibit was Bjork’s Digital exhibit in Los Angeles. Some developers collaborated with the artist/musician in making interactive pieces for her songs. It was more visual than anything else. Each song was represented differently and was unique. The UX was maybe a bit confusing but overall, I did navigate without a problem.
Doing this project reminded me how it can be an example of doing public exhibit pieces. Initially, this project was just an effort to do a 3D piece for the web. Then after a while, I added hand gestures to move the 3D object with your hands using Leap Motion. Finally, after contemplation, I added Socket.io simply for the purpose of having the capability for a user to use a VR headset. You add all of this up and you have the tools to make a digital exhibit. The main purpose was to make goggles/viewer/headset for visitors to wear and view closely a subject. In this case, I found a free 3D object that was a bear. The Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits first came to mind on where this could be applied. A visitor can simply put the headset on and use their hands to view a pre-historic mammoth that once roamed in today’s Los Angeles landscape.
1. Go to https://bearvr.herokuapp.com/#/fixed on desktop browser.
2. Go to https://bearvr.herokuapp.com/#/mirror on a mobile browser. Use a VR headset to insert your phone and set to vr mode.
3. Make sure you have your Leap Motion connected. You can purchase one on Amazon.
4. Move your hands around the Leap and it will move the bear.