FlowVella Uses Its Force and Presentation Software to Power Star Wars Exhibit
Fast Company reports on how the Smithsonian’s Star Wars exhibit is using FlowVella’s museum kiosk solution to power interactive iPad kiosks.
From the article:
iPad kiosks dot the installation, each one powered by digital presentation software called FlowVella, which allows the museum to present much more detail about each costume’s creation and history than the physical exhibition space would ever allow.
As museums struggle to figure out which cutting-edge technology would best augment their analog exhibitions, the use of devices like tablets for added interactivity seems like it hits a sweet spot at the intersection of utility and intrusiveness: Smaller devices let the physical artifacts speak for themselves in the spotlight, while inviting visitors to dig deeper if they so desire. And crucially, tablets are already familiar to most people who come strolling through the museum.
“The visitor is so used to using a tablet,” says Drake. “They don’t need complex instructions. People are already familiar with using a tablet. For us, as we develop the content, it allowed us to experiment a little bit.”
FlowVella’s software, a sort of souped-up PowerPoint-style presentation suite, lets users easily add imagery, video, and audio into a file, a feature that the creators of thePower of Costume used to add behind-the-scenes video clips, audio recordings, and imagery, like original sketches and photographs. “The first audio ever built for FlowVella was Darth Vader breathing,” says FlowVella CEO Brent Brookler.
Initially, SITES used Apple’s iBooks to create these presentations, but found that workaround to be buggy and too easy for visitors—many of whom are kids—to mess with. By contrast, FlowVella’s software creates more tamper-proof presentations that are less prone to crashing.
FlowVella, which traditionally saw many of its 250,000 users operating in academic and business contexts, is now looking at the museum space as one potential new frontier for its business. For $99 per month, museums, retail stores, and other businesses can use FlowVella to churn out stand-alone, proprietary iPad apps without the need to dig into code or deal with Apple’s approval process.
“It’s huge validation for us,” says Brookler. “We are now museum-quality presentation software.”