Technology for museums

Virtual reality has arrived at the Franklin Institute, and it will blow your mind

Barbara Maxwell, 79, leaning on a cane and wearing a cutting-edge HTC Vive virtual reality headset, stared with rapt attention in the general direction of a blank wall. Chief Digital Officer Susan Poulton, left, works with Jacki Wahlquist, right, development coordinator at the Franklin Institute, as she tries out the HTC Vive Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display at the Franklin Institute. “Gosh, I’ll say he’s close!” she murmured. “He winked at me.” Maxwell, of Fairmount, a volunteer at the Franklin Institute, was there to help staffers practice introducing visitors to a new virtual reality experience called the Holodeck, where they can try out the latest in immersive and mindblowing VR technology, like the Vive and Oculus Rift. …[READ]