The MOVI System
From the word go, we have remained true to our conviction that the best visitor aid system is the one which is invisible. After all, the technology is not an end in itself, but simply one of the means for achieving visitor comfort and increasing the educational value of their visit.
During a tour with a MOVITECH audio guide, the MOVI system carries out hundreds of operations. This means that the user input is kept to a minimum. As a result, visitors equipped with one of our audio guides are free to focus on what they are seeing and not on operating the device. Visitor satisfaction is the highest recommendation our technology has attained.
The MOVI system features three ruling concepts:
More and more cultural institutions and other sites of interest are making the decision to enhance their displays by adding filmed material.
A question then arises … how can we arrange to project a range of different films in one space without creating a veritable ‘Babel’ of soundtracks?
The first solution which might be reached for involves introducing directional speakers. However, they simply fail to do the job, particularly when a large number of screens are placed in close proximity to one another.
Another approach is to provide headphones alongside each monitor so that visitors can put them on and listen to the related content. With this method, though, the number of users who can hear the recording simultaneously is limited.
The MOVI system solves this problem by using the audio guide carried by the visitor. This means that the number of people who can simultaneously listen to the recording accompanying any multimedia display is unlimited. In addition, every visitor will hear the recording in real time once they approach the monitor.
The MOVITECH solution is particularly useful when a given film has various versions of the commentary, since it allows a range of visitors to hear the text designed especially for them at the same time. So, for example, children, adults and visitors listening to a foreign language version can all enjoy the commentary simultaneously.
When we were developing the MOVI system, we naturally bore in mind that most crucial of concerns … the fact that visitors will behave in wholly unpredictable ways. They will frequently decide to follow their own paths, leaving the suggested routes, giving some aspects of a tour a miss, but returning to others several times. They can also make mistakes, trying to head along corridors reserved for staff or attempting to exit via entrances and so forth.
When this kind of situation arises, the audio guide needs to provide communications which are not only precise, but also take into consideration various other issues, such as the direction the visitor has taken, for instance. It is also important to ensure that the same recording is not played time and time again unless, of course, there is a good reason for repeating it.
The adaptability function of the MOVI system involves ‘registering’ the route taken by the visitor and adjusting the playback of the recordings accordingly. In practice, this solution means that the audio guide is capable of recognising where the visitor needs to go next and guiding them there, for instance by telling them whether the route to the next point on the tour is located on their right or left.
Touch screens have become an inseparable part of multimedia and traditional displays alike. In the latter case, they are supplementary, providing additional, photographic material or further context of various kinds, such as historical, for instance.
However, there is a barrier when it comes to using information booths … the fact that they usually offer enormous quantities of written material. This tends to make visitors reluctant to explore the succession of tabs in any depth.
The MOVI system offers the capability of integrating the touch screens relating to the displays with a commentary provided by the audio guide. This ‘frees’ the visitor from the necessity of ploughing through acres of text and offers them the far more pleasurable alternative of listening. And, of course, it means that the information booths can be further enhanced by music and film, as well.
As far as the visitor is concerned, there are no additional demands. All they need to do is move freely between the tabs displayed on the screen and the audio guide will automatically switch to whichever one they select.