Seattle, WA – The Living Computers Museum and labs offers visitors a live, interactive historical computer experience from vintage to emergent technologies. Featuring the world’s largest collection of computing technologies situated in real-use contexts, the LCM+L prides itself on providing a genuine interactive computing opportunity for visitors, including programming classes.
Putting the finishing touches on an interactive museum was a complex challenge for Curator Aaron Alcorn and Operations Manager Rob Schmuck. After 4 years of operations, the Living Computers museum has doubled in size to add current and emerging technologies to its collection.
In order to create an engaging visitor experience, Alcorn and Schmuck faced the challenge of adding interactive touchpoints that fit the museum’s carefully-designed aesthetic of 1930s industrial design throughout the exhibits and visitor experience, all while being comfortable to use, fully secure, and upgradable.
In order to install vibrant, colourful displays that fit their aesthetic, Alcom and Schmuck considered various suppliers for the Living Computer museum, including designing a fully custom option.
To make the situation more complex, Alcorn and Scmuck envisioned a variety of uses for their digital touchpoint deployments. In addition to Spheres being used throughout the museum playing videos to highlight future exhibits and product displays and Floor kiosks explaining what is happening in a given space, Xero enclosures are used for the interactive game maker tutorial spaces.
We were looking at either a custom built option or using Armodilo,” they said, “the value was there with Armodilo, [including] the fact that we can customize, and that we can get new parts and corner inserts and reuse the cases once certain tablets are no longer manufactured made it a no brainer. And it would have been probably 10 times more expensive with custom options.
Overall, Alcorn and Schmuck ordered 17 Armodilo tablet enclosures. “The Armodilo cases help the supporting cast and the star of the show in each area. It was nice to be able to find a product that was secure, and that didn’t detract from the experience,” they said, adding that they were impressed by how enclosures were secure, inviting, and friendly, saying “It doesn’t have cables and all of this stuff that screams, ‘We don’t trust you!’ and I think it really sets them apart.”
When their Armodilo enclosures finally came in, Alcom and Schmuck were even more impressed with how quickly they were up and running. “It was a race to the finish line for us to get set up. The Armodilo products arrived and in two hours we had 16 or 17 cases deployed and ready to go. It would take longer to run updates on the tablets than to get them set up in Armodilo,” they said, adding that they were impressed with how well Armodilo helped them increase engagement and reduce barriers to interactivity throughout the museum.
Armodilo is proud to be a part of this exciting and growing exhibition of the history and future of computing. To learn more about the exhibits and programs on offer, visit http://www.livingcomputers.org/.