Visitors in a pilot program at several of the Smithsonian Institution museums use a simple handheld device that we designed to learn extensively about exhibits, participate in activities, get directions, tap into the day's schedule - and send group messages to friends or family elsewhere in the museum.
In designing the system and GUI for the 'Wireless Visitor Interface Device' (WiVid), Unified Field enhanced the role technology can play inside museum walls. WiVid devices were designed to be highly adaptable companions for museum visitors of all ages, supplying a wealth of information and interaction otherwise impossible to deliver.
As visitors travel throughout the facilities with WiVids in hand, the device reads their location and supplies appropriate activities, audio, video, images or text to further engage them and enhance their understanding of the exhibits. The device integrates with museum programs to alert users of daily options and provide in-depth, real-time guided tours. It allows visitors to play games, make scrapbooks of their experience, and send messages about their discoveries both to others and themselves at home.