Ubiquity Interactive, founded by Leora Kornfeld and me, developed a handheld multimedia museum guide that was installed at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology
University of British Columbia, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.
When Leora and I started the Ubiquity project, we aimed to bring the interactive experience out of the corner kiosk and connect it to the experience of being with the object. Until then, our work as digital exhibit designers had been to recreate facsimiles of the artifact on screen. However, this felt more and more inauthentic as the model fidelity increased. The Vueguide, before there was an iPhone, ensured that “the object remained hero” while providing persistent interactive interpretive context.
David Jones: research and writing
This video provides a way of looking at the design on the platter in the case to distinguish the features that identify the Raven and the Killer Whale, and then merges the two again.
Making of a bentwood box video
One of the oldest boxes in the collection
Uncovering the Patina on a box
UBIQUITY: RELEASE APRIL 27, 2006
VUEguide by Ubiquity goes gold!
Ubiquity Interactive is pleased to announce that they have been awarded with a 2006 MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums. The company’s founders Leora Kornfeld and Lars Meyer have just returned from the 17thannual MUSE Awards in Boston, where they were presented with the Gold Award in the category of “Educational/Interpretive – History and Culture” for their multimedia handheld installation, the VUEguide. At Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology.
“The overall quality is outstanding and the VUEguide demonstrates how technology, arts, and humanities come together to deliver an informative, entertaining, and educational experience. Its professionally developed and delivered content makes this multimedia production one of the very best”, said the MUSE Awards judging committee.
The MUSE Awards competition received 108 applications from a wide variety of museums in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. This year’s entries included videos, films, DVDs, CD-ROMs, interactive handheld tours, podcasts, blogs, Web sites, audio tours, and gallery installations. Thirty judges – museum and media professionals from across the county – were involved in the process of selecting the winners. Winning entries were expected to demonstrate outstanding achievement in nine areas including content, interface, design, innovation and appeal.The Vueguide at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology wins Muse Award
We built the hardware platform on Microsoft Windows PocketPC-powered PDAs. We wrote custom software as a wrapper for an Adobe Flash interface. The application handled media disk access and IR communication, receiving signals from the IR beacons embedded in the exhibits and sending exibit and media IDs to paired devices. we manufactured a custom-designed ruggedized case to house the PDA hardware.
Nicholas Simon: software development
Kevin Knoll: IR hardware design and manufacture
Ubiquity programmable IR beacon v1