Loudspeaker Array System: Supporting Children’s Interaction with Exhibitions in Museum

ID: 29222 Type: Brief Paper: New Development
  1. Akiko Deguchi, Faculty of Education, Utsunomiya University, Japan
  2. Fusako Kusunoki, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University, Japan
  3. Shigenori Inagaki, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, Japan
  4. Hiroshi Mizoguchi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Thursday, July 1 4:00-4:20 PM Location: Dockside 3

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Abstract: We developed a new exhibition support system in a museum using loudspeaker arrays. The loudspeaker array system can form the high-sound pressure area called sound spot, which can provide sound information in a less stressful manner, and provide more suitable information for different occasions. Through this function, this system is able to enhance children's interaction with the exhibits. In this paper, an experimental evaluation of this system was conducted in a public museum in Japan. The results showed that the new system could support children's understanding and arouse children's interests of the exhibitions. It was concluded that the new exhibition support system could enhance the interaction between the children and the exhibits through providing sound information in a manner such that the children could easily integrate it with the visual information.

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