Ideum Reimagines Interactive Exhibits with Smithsonian NASM

Ideum Reimagines Interactive Exhibits with Smithsonian NASM

With nearly seven million visitors exploring its galleries each year, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is the most popular museum in North America. Ideum is thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate with NASM to reimagine a series of earlier digital exhibits in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery.

Back in 2015, Ideum worked with NASM to recreate a large multiuser multitouch table exhibit. Design It! allows visitors to create their own modules for the International Space Station. This time around, Ideum developed four interactive experiences, including the centerpiece multi-user game Space Flight Academy.

Space Flight Academy is a group trivia game that allows up to 15 visitors to play together. Ideum redesigned the game, developing the software and designing and building the custom faceplates and cases for the exhibit’s 15 user stations. Each station has arcade buttons, a Raspberry Pi microcontroller with 5” color LCD screens, reactive LED lights and a small speaker.

They also built several other exhibits during this phase of work: Flight Director, Look Inside Discovery and Space for You. Ideum worked closely with NASM to update exhibit technology, look and feel, and the flow of the gameplay to make the exhibit more engaging and compelling.

All of the exhibits are operated remotely; Ideum collaborated with NASM to design systems that allow for networked operation.

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