Art Echo is a web-based virtual reality experience that reveals the acoustic attributes of 3D objects in the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections while moving through periods of the history of Earth and some of its inhabitants.
In this virtual museum people can experience the objects and their stories through imagery, sound, and simulated echolocation based on the teachings of Thomas Tajo, a blind echolocation user and teacher.
💡 Please put on headphones for the best experience.
💡 The experience is only available on desktop devices.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum Interaction Lab and Verizon 5G Lab with the project funding and technological mentorship. We also thank Nancy Roach for narrating the virtual experience.