The New Cooper Hewitt Digital Experience

High-Tech Table Lets Visitors Access Design Objects

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New York design museum provides high-def digital system with pens to explore, research and manipulate their design collection.

Museums and art galleries are increasingly using technology to spark more interest and curiosity within the visitor’s experience. Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s Design Museum has developed an interactive experience, enabling visitors to access high definition touch screen tables with stylus pens to explore various design objects. The museum, located in New York City’s Carnegie Mansion, houses the largest collection of historic and contemporary design objects in the United States. During a three year renovation, they partnered with Bloomberg Connects to create interactive features enabling visitors to easily explore the museum’s 210,000 object collection.

The museum lends stylus pens to visitors, as they explore the museum the pen is used to gather and store information. Later, when the pen is tapped on one of seven high definition touch screen tables, the chosen objects appear for the viewer to explore and manipulate. The system includes a research function showing information about the designers, object materials and more. Also, the tables allow visitors to sketch their own designs. Users object choices, research information and sketches can be accessed through a smartphone or computer online. Check out the video below.


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I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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