Interspectral’s “Inside Explorer” Goes Touchless at Sweden’s Visualization Center C

Interspectral's Inside Explorer lets people digitally explore the inside of things. It is loaded with real-time rendered 3D visualizations based on unique scientific data. The experience uses standard multi-touch gestures to very tangibly interact with the content, which means it's a perfect match for Freetouch's 'multi-touchless' capabilities.

We spoke with Interspectral to understand why they felt touchless interaction was an important consideration for museums and institutions.

Why do you think offering a touchless option for interactives is important for museums and institutions?

All museums strive to offer inclusive and accessible learning experiences for a diverse audience. Being able to provide a touchless option for interactives means they can accommodate touch-averse people coming out of the pandemic. And pandemic aside, technology like this can also be helpful to people with physical disabilities such as wheelchair users. By being able to control the interaction from your own phone visitors can feel safe and take part in the experience without the ability to physically reach over a touch screen.

At Interspectral we want to serve our customers in all the ways we can, and we believe that by recommending Freetouch as a compliment to Inside Explorer we make it easier for our customers to offer inclusive experiences to their visitors.

Freetouch is a really simple way of enabling interaction for touch screens but without actual physical touch. I really like the way that it is so easy to add to the Inside Explorer application without any modification to the software. The Freetouch system enables access to all the functionality of our application via the user’s mobile device. So, for any of our clients that want a belt and braces COVID-free way of using their existing installations, Freetouch provides this in a really simple and effective way. David Hughes, Business Developer at Interspectral

What was your experience installing and configuring Freetouch?

It was installed and ready to use in minutes. In the Freetouch application there are just enough settings to tweak the experience to suit your purpose. We changed location and size of the QR code to match the interface of Inside Explorer and used the optional setting to hide the QR code once it is activated on someone’s phone.

What new opportunities do you think software-based touchless interactivity provides over hardware-based touch or gestural interfaces?

It offers a solution for people that feel cautious about using hardware-based touch and would appreciate the comfort of using their own mobile device. QR codes in museums are becoming more common, and bringing phones with them to extend the experience is familiar to the visitors. Freetouch takes mobile interaction to a new level and it is effortless, which makes it a great compliment to any digital exhibit. No need for visitors to be connected to Wifi or downloading an app.