Art museum relies on iPad kiosks to reach visitors (video)

Feb. 27, 2012

The Leonardo, an art museum in downtown Salt Lake City, is reaching visitors with technology. It recently installed iPad kiosks designed by ArmorActive Inc. to allow visitors to learn about the various exhibits throughout the museum by using video, touchscreens and the Internet to connect with the artwork.

Upon entering the lobby, visitors' interest is grabbed as they approach the interactive LED light exhibit called "Dynamic Performance." The exhibit allows individuals to network with the artwork on Twitter via a secured iPad kiosk. Users first tweet requests to @leoartwall, and the exhibit then responds with a performance of light related to the information, said Lisa Davis, media director for The Leonardo.

"At the Leonardo we have to be very current and very relevant ... changing all the time, and the iPad allows us to do that at a very low cost," she said. "The iPad kiosk enables us to secure the [iPad] technology so that we can continue to offer visitors a very interactive and personal experience and still have it make sense for the museum."

Each iPad security kiosk located throughout the museum was specifically selected and programmed to compliment the overall design and the desired experience that each artist had envisioned for their piece. The iPad kiosks chosen for The Leonardo include ArmorActive's Full Metal Jacket and Radius lines; both preferred kiosk solutions among museums and retail giants for their sleek design, mobility and their convenience of set-up, Davis said.

The Leonardo also utilizes the iPad as information portals and listening stations mounted using ArmorActive's Figure 8 VESA mount at a variety of places within the museum.

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