CRISACCESS Launches App at Mystic Aquarium
CRIS launched its new museum app, CRISAccess, at the Mystic Aquarium September 22. The service allows museums goers to listen to exhibit signage on their smart- phone or tablet, using QR technology.
Here, Diane Weaver Dunne demonstrates the ease of the app to a visiting family.
The launch was attended by several dignitaries, including Randy Fiveash, Director of Tourism (right), Molly Cole, Director, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Shelagh MccClure, chair, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities.
CRISAccess™ – Instant Access with QR Codes
CRIS Radio is integrating QR Code technology to instantly “link and play” audio files of information posted on signs or other printed materials for people who are blind or print-handicapped. Visitors can access the audio files with any mobile device downloaded with a QR Code Reader application.
CRISAccess™ is part of CRIS Radio’s new Adaptive Audio Accessibility services initiative that promotes access to information at museums for people who have difficulty reading posted signs.
See how it works:
- Download a QR Reader onto your smart phone
- Visit one of our museum sites
- Open the QR Reader application
- Aim your phone at the QR Code so that it “captures” the code on your phone’s screen
- The audio should start playing (you may need to push play on your media player app)
What are QR codes?
QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode that has become popular due to its fast readability and large storage capacity.
The code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square image pattern on a white background.
See sample image to the right.
QR Codes are typically images placed on printed materials or at locations. They are scanned by cell phones and tablets which will open “links”.
Below is a sampling of audio files that will play from QR Code images that will be located at selected exhibits at Old Sturbridge Village.
Below is a sampling of QR Codes that will play the audio files listed above.
(Must scan with a mobile device downloaded with a QR Code Reader application)