The second and a crucial part of the project was to create the prototype app and test it in real conditions. Having partial access to the Medicine Galleries as it was being built, we were able to trial around 90% of all possible beacons configurations. A challenge, due to the nature of the exhibits, was that we were not always able to place the beacons in optimal locations. After plenty of trial and error, we were able to identify two main setting profiles of beacons depending on the role of the beacon. We then had to address challenges created from the variety of materials and sizes of exhibit housings.
Our solution was to find beacons that did not work properly with our main profiles and calibrate them individually. Additional testing sessions in a ready to open space, with the Access and Inclusion specialist from the Science Museum team was a crucial step before releasing the app to the App Store. This allowed us to gain a better understanding of the requirements/needs for users with disabilities when using the app.