Experience History as It App-Ened; A Virtual iPad View of Science Museum's Top 80 Attractions

The Evening Standard (London, England), January 15, 2014 | Go to article overview

Experience History as It App-Ened; A Virtual iPad View of Science Museum's Top 80 Attractions


Byline: Miranda Bryant

VIEW a flea as seen by Robert Hooke as he gazed down his 17th century microscope.

Or take in the sights and sounds inside Apollo 10 Command Module in 1969, which paved the way for the first moon landing two months later by Apollo 11.

These historic events and the new worlds they opened up can be relived with the help of a new "super app".

The Science Museum has created an app for iPads in partnership with west London developer Touch Press that allows users to experience the museum "virtually".

As well as featuring nearly 90 objects from the Science Museum itself, Journeys of Invention also has archive high-res visuals, audio and written material not available in the museum to enhance the artefacts.

So far nearly 200,000 people have downloaded the app, which is thought to be the first of its kind by an international museum.

It is hoped that it will lead the way for using technology to create more virtual experiences both for tablets and mobiles.

The app has 14 interactive "journeys" through the exhibits which take on different scientific themes such as "mass production", "everyday" and "shows and spectacles". …

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