The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures plans to introduce new touchscreen technology in 2018.
In 2016, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures received a grant from The National Miniatures Trust to develop a gallery interactive for young visitors to further engage them with the art of miniatures.
TMTM’s Education team has been working to develop a concept that will utilize technology that museum goers have come to expect, while also deploying relevant and entertaining content– all in a format that staff can easily maintain and modify, at minimal cost. They have come up with a plan to introduce three touchscreen kiosks in 2018.
The kiosks will consist of industrial grade iPads mounted near miniatures and programmed with content to allow visitors to explore the miniatures in new ways.
For example, visitors could view inaccessible parts of the miniature by clicking hotspots on the screen that bring up high-resolution images of the space behind a closed door. Alternatively, click a hotspot to watch a video in which our registrar takes a book off the shelf of a miniature display, and opens it up for visitors to see the fine print and illustrations. These are just a couple of the ideas we are working on.
The hard costs of this project include photography, videography, voice talent fees, and hardware (tablets and mounts). Once the project is complete, there will be a monthly subscription and equipment maintenance costs to sustain the program.
Our grant from the National Miniatures Trust has provided seed money to get this project off the ground, but we need your help to make this a reality. A donation of $30 would cover one month of the software subscription that runs the program, a $100 donation would pay for one hour of photography, videography or voice talent service. $250- $2500 is the price range for program hardware components including tablets and wall or floor standing tablet mounts. Please join us on #GivingTuesday and make a donation to help bring this interactive technology to our visitors.
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