When EMP Museum started developing their latest exhibit Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, they realized that they had hundreds of pieces of multimedia content, each of which told part of the story of Jimi Hendrix's groundbreaking 9 months in London from 1966-1967.
The Curio Dept. helped them enhance the physical exhibit displays by creating two custom iPad apps. The apps allow guests to get a closer look at newspaper clippings, listen to songs, watch exclusive interviews, and browse Jimi Hendrix's personal record collection. Because the apps are displayed next to the artifacts themselves, we designed the app to fit with the overall exhibit design while remaining easy to use and true to iPad device conventions.
With all of that content—more than 120 artifacts totaling over 3.5 GB—being displayed on 10 different iPads throughout the exhibit, installation, maintenance and curation were considerable issues. To address this, the Curio Dept. developed a custom media manager that allowed the museum to place resources and metadata on a secure internal server but download it locally to the exhibit iPads outside of museum hours. Updates to content can be made quickly, but the apps still run flawlessly with no need to tax the wireless network. It also allowed the museum to swap assets, edit text content and even alter the app's appearance on the fly, without rebuilding.