At RSF we believe that the audioguide should enhance a visit, but it should not be the main attraction or the focus of the visit. Everybody spends most of their time today with a smartphone 20cm in front of their face, so the wow-factor that would have been present in 2009 has been lost. Today, if the goal is to impress the visitors with an AV spectacle, the best way is through a large Ultra-HD screen with immersive audio and additional effects. In this situation the Optima6 is really set free – our synchronisation system is the best in the world, and through our Freesound headphones we are able to mix ambient effects and music from a high-quality surround sound system to the language-specific dialogue through the headphones.
Our Freesound headphones don’t isolate the visitor – parents can still talk with children, and any emergency alarm will be clearly audible. This is before we even start thinking about the hygiene aspect!
Where interactive kiosks are necessary we can very easily synchronise these to the audioguides, all the time remaining in the visitor’s own language.
Another relevant issue in the audioguide vs smartphone debate is battery life. A smartphone will struggle to last one full day with the screen constantly on, however the battery in the Optima6 will last around a week of normal museum usage. These reduced handling needs will improve efficiency and reduce costs. In conclusion, the Optima6 offers many clear advantages over smartphone-type devices for museums where the exhibits are the main feature, allowing the museum guests to focus on the original purpose of their visit.