Mary MacKillop Place has opened a new gallery at the Mary MacKillop Place Museum, North Sydney with an installation by enterprise business vendor, Object Consulting.
Gallery 2 features the next generation Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface – a table-sized multi-touch screen technology that runs on Object Consulting’s Object Connected Experience application.
Mary MacKillop Place Museum curator, Edwina Huntley, said the museum is embarking on a new direction in exhibition development and community engagement.
“We’re wishing to move the museum beyond the exhibition being that of a monument of Mary MacKillop to more of a story in which we want greater discovery opportunities for our visitors,” she stated.
The application was designed for museums, libraries, galleries and exhibition centres.
The touch-screen equipment is connected to a television mounted on the wall for ease of view ability in the event that a large group of visitors converge in the premises.
Mary MacKillop’s story will be tracked using the application, where users can interact with the technology by placing tagged objects on it, as well as touch-screen gestures.
According to Object Consulting executive director, Gil Thew, cameras placed beneath the touch-screen technology enables it to recognise the gestures and by detecting the placement of the users’ fingers, it opens up the content respective to the direction the user is standing.
It also utilises Quick Response (QR) codes to link content to smartphones.
Thew said the technology enables displays to be altered on a regular basis, tailored to specific interests and ages of visiting groups.
“The difference is that people no longer want to be ‘consumers’ of information – increasingly, we want to interact with innovative storytelling media. We want to be engaged creatively,” he said.
Thew also added that the company has deployed only two of such technologies in NSW thus far.
Gallery 2 is part of a funding grant Mary MacKillop Place Museum received from the Department of Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, under a program to conserve the memorials of seven eminent Australians – including Mary MacKillop.