The design research team met with Bill Schroh and Rachael Goldberg at Liberty Hall Museum, and they formulated a plan to create interactive content for the Toys Through Time exhibition. The museum’s toy collection spanning roughly from the 1850’s to 1960’s was going to be showcased in the exhibition. One challenge was many toys were going to be showcased that visitors could not touch. The museum wanted to make the collection accessible and engaging without compromising the artifacts.
Design student researchers from the Michael Graves College created several posters in collaboration with Professor Ed Johnston. Rachael and Bill identified several toys that they wanted to highlight, and they collected media associated with those toys to incorporate into the exhibition. Each of the posters celebrated these toys. The multimedia content that had been collected was tagged to each of the posters using augmented reality (AR) technologies. Museum visitors were able to scan the posters using the museum’s iPad devices or their own mobile devices to experience the content.
The research team created a questionnaire that was distributed to museum visitors to evaluate the augmented reality experiences. It was discovered that over four out of five visitors who interacted with the posters found the experience to be extremely satisfying or very satisfying. None found it displeasing. This research is currently in the process of being published.
The team collaborated with Dawnmarie McDermid and Juvy Torres in the Design Studio in order to attach AR content to the promotional poster for the exhibition as well. In addition, the team created short video promotions for the opening night event for the exhibition.
This research has been supported with various grant awards through the Kean University Office of Sponsored Research and Programs including a Students Partnering with Faculty Summer Research Award, UFRI, and FFRA Award.
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