15-28 February, 2019

An exhibition of curated artefacts from the 20th century which recorded or aided communication.

Brief: How do we educate and enable interaction with artefacts without actual physical handling of objects from the museum’s archives?

At Xarpie Labs we have taken every challenge thrown at us with open arms, embraced and understood it to make our client’s imagination a reality.  The road to building the language of tomorrow is long, yet every mile makes us want to speed towards another milestone. In this fascinating journey of discovering new opportunities and facilitating visualisation and simulation, Xarpie Labs reached another milestone.

We had the privilege of being chosen technology partners for a special exhibition titled “Talking Devices”, held at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore. The exhibit comprised of curated devices from the last century. Those that quite literally rang a bell in the visitors’ minds! Original HMV gramophones, turn-tables, Thomas Edison phonographs, Murphy radios, vinyl records and working prototypes: a plethora of other exhibits left curious visitors in intrigue.

Xarpie Labs created a perfect blend of the digital and analog worlds through the development of an Augmented Reality (AR) application for one very special device at the exhibit, the original HMV gramophone.

‘Education through experience’ is the engine of thought driving our application. The quick demo focused on educating the visitor through hands-on experience of operating a gramophone. A step-by-step instruction process of opening the lid, rotating the record and placing the pin are pivotal in making the user understand the functioning of such a device. Immersive interactions such as viewing an assembly of labeled gramophone parts, changing LPs or vinyl records, infographics and track speed functionality left visitors, children and adults alike, glued to the experience from start to end.

Staying true to the founding pillars of Xarpie Labs, the application provided a clear and concise glimpse into the device. With this in mind we race towards another milestone by asking ourselves and our clients a simple yet limitless question, “Where do you want to go?”

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