Fusion: Discovering the Technology Behind Washington D.C.’s Spy Museum

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Spies have captured global audience attention for centuries, be they real-world spies like the Rosenbergs, or famous fictional characters like James Bond. It’s no wonder the International Spy Museum is “the most successful paid admission museum in D.C.,” said Chris Cooper, the Spy Museum’s Project Manager for Electrosonic.

On this episode of Fusion, we take a peek inside the Spy Museum, getting to know the technology that brings the interactive exhibits to life.

Be it souped-up Aston Martins or covert gadgets, visitors to the Spy Museum want an immersive experience. Electrosonic integrates the technology to make this happen and, much like a real spy, must make the tech invisible.

“We try to make sure that the technology serves the purpose of telling the story, which in a lot of cases means that we need to make sure that the tech is hidden,” Cooper said.

As an Electrosonic Project Manager, Cooper has been a part of a lot of different projects, but none have been as thrilling or fascinating to work on as the Spy Museum. He thinks the public intrigue with spies stems from a fascination with “imagining what it would be like to be someone else.”

The Spy Museum captivates audience attention with real spy artifacts and stories, culled from actual CIA, FBI, and NSA operatives. Electrosonic illuminates these stories with tech like RFID, interactives, and a game-like experience.

Thanks to a recent facelift and overhaul from Electrosonic, new buzz about the museum has sparked intrigue and excitement in the community among new and returning visitors.

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