Why Do Museums Need Touchscreen Monitors?
Museum touchscreen monitors have revolutionized the ways in which museum patrons view and interact with exhibits. In the past, patrons were encouraged to passively receive the information that was presented to them, and they were discouraged from touching any of the interesting artifacts that stood before them. This method of learning, while sensible and crucial for the preservation of these artifacts, was ineffectual and even dull in many ways. People, especially children, who have a developing sense of wonder and curiosity, learn at different paces and in different ways. While not all of us require hands-on experiences to learn and absorb information, some of us do, and that is why it is important for museums to step into the 21st century and adopt museum touchscreen monitors and displays that accommodate and appeal to all learning types.
Interactive Touchscreens in Museums
Interactive touchscreens in museums are integral parts of the learning process because they offer both a verbal and pictorial method of learning that was not previously available. Even though museums have always had exhibits and historical objects on display, it can sometimes be difficult to render the full effect of what you are looking at through a glass display case. Labels are usually helpful, but they can be hard to read if the glass is dirty or the print is too small for those who have trouble with vision. Interactive museum touchscreens offer a palpable solution to this problem while also creating an environment of active learning through participation.
Advantages of Having Touchscreen Monitors in Museums
Museum touchscreen monitors offer a variety of advantages that may have previously eluded diverse groups of museum goers in the past.
Many modern museum touchscreen displays include multilingual options so that visitors can view and listen to the information in whatever language they choose. This can also provide opportunities for visitors to take an interest in learning new languages through active listening and digital pictorial representations.
Accessibility for the Hard of Seeing and Hard of Hearing
For those who are hard of hearing or seeing, museum touchscreen monitors and kiosks make it easier to follow along with the information being presented. People with trouble with vision can usually zoom in and out of the screen in order to expand the images or the words on the screen to make them more easily visible. People who are hard of hearing can wear headphones and increase the volume to their desired level.
Of course, museum touchscreens are also highly advantageous for the profitability of the museum itself. When they are in idle mode, they can display advertisements for other museum attractions, such as restaurants, gift shops, or cafes. In some instances, if the museum is so inclined, they can even double as point-of-sale machines for the paid services offered in the museum. This can help to speed up the process of purchasing merchandise, beverages, or meals from the museum and, in turn, increase sales while reducing wait times during busy periods.
Announcing Upcoming Museum-Related Events
On that note, museum touchscreen monitors can also serve the purpose of announcing upcoming museum-related events to catch the attentions of passersby. The advantage of this is that it will attract the attention of patrons as they pass by an exhibit and it might even cause them to pause and look at an exhibit they might have otherwise ignored or not noticed.
Nauticomp Inc.’s Custom Design Touchscreen Solutions for Museums
Nauticomp Inc.’s designs industrial touchscreen monitors that are water-proof, sunlight-readable, and compatible with multiple input components. They also feature dim-red capability, LED backlighting, optically bonded glass and enhanced temperature ranges which perfectly suit the needs of every museum. For more information, please contact us.