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Culture-Connecting Kiosks

The American Museum of Natural History Uses Digital Totems to Share Data

— July 28, 2016 — Social Good
Digital totems are being installed in the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The digital totems will enable museum-goers to learn more about the languages, cultures and stories of the communities in the Pacific Northwest. The totems will enable visitors to see photos and interviews of Native peoples, look at artifacts with via 360-degree rotations, listen to local languages and create their own soundbites with recordings of natural features, animals and local instruments. The 7-foot digital totem is aimed to engage museum-goers and allows them to interact with the cultures being showcased within the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.

The Museum of Natural History has been introducing various technology recently, including a robot tour guide. The Hall of Northwest Coast Indians first opened in 1900 but these updated digital totems will be sure to educate museum-goers about Native peoples in an interactive way.
Trend Themes
1. Interactive Museum Experiences - The installation of digital totems at the American Museum of Natural History demonstrates the trend towards creating interactive experiences for museum-goers.
2. Cultural Education Technology - The use of digital totems to provide information about languages, cultures, and stories highlights the trend of leveraging technology for educational purposes.
3. Augmented Reality in Museums - The inclusion of features like 360-degree rotations and sound recordings showcases the trend of integrating augmented reality technology within museum exhibits.
Industry Implications
1. Museum Technology - The installation of digital totems presents an innovation opportunity for companies specializing in developing interactive technology solutions for museums.
2. Educational Technology - The use of digital totems for cultural education provides a potential market for companies working on educational technology solutions targeting museums and similar institutions.
3. Augmented Reality - The integration of augmented reality features in museums opens up opportunities for companies specializing in creating AR experiences and applications.
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