Code Release: Out Loud – The Studio

  • I believe we’re doing some very interesting things with our code, from the audio player that learns user preferences based on play patterns to the extremely tight VoiceOver integration.
  • Out Loud’s audio player slowly learns your preferences and rearranges audio selections to match them
  • An audio guide for people who hate museum audio guides
  • Code for Out Loud is open-sourced under the MIT license.
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Over the past few months we’ve been working really hard with The Andy Warhol Museum to create Out Loud, the museum’s new inclusive audio guide, available today as a free download in the Apple App…

@reactjs: We love this: a free inclusive audio guide for the Warhol Museum – built in React Native and completely open source!

Over the past few months we’ve been working really hard with The Andy Warhol Museum to create Out Loud, the museum’s new inclusive audio guide, available today as a free download in the Apple App Store.

This was a creatively fulfilling project for us because it was based in user research from the very beginning. Throughout the process, we consulted and learned a lot from Pittsburgh’s vibrant community of accessibility advocates. Check out this brief video about our design and development process:

We here in the Studio are some of the biggest museum enthusiasts around, but we absolutely feel the traditional museum audio guide experience leaves much to be desired. When creating Out Loud, the team made several important decisions in an attempt to rethink the audio guide format and build something different:

This app was built from the ground up with accessibility in mind. I believe we’re doing some very interesting things with our code, from the audio player that learns user preferences based on play patterns to the extremely tight VoiceOver integration. Because of that, we’re open sourcing this code over on Github.

We strive to make all of our work at the Studio open source, specifically under the MIT license. This is one of software development’s most open and flexible licenses, and permits the most liberal usage.

Without open source code, developing software and hardware would be astronomically harder then it already is. We would constantly be reinventing a worse and less secure wheel. We believe in sharing, we believe in community, we believe in remixes and we believe that you will ultimately use our work to develop great things. So go nuts and impress us!

It took a multi-institutional team to pull this project off in a short period of time. In no particular order, I’d like to thank:

Code Release: Out Loud – The Studio