Leveraging the content of the Digital Library, the White House Historical Association, together with Amazon Web Services and Cuseum, has launched the first mobile experience of the White House.
The “White House Experience” app offers three separate tour experiences that include information on the furnishings and decorative arts within the State and historic rooms and significant points of interest in the surrounding neighborhood.
The Virtual White House is a virtual tour of the White House that includes the East Wing, Family Theater, Library, Vermeil Room, China Room, Diplomatic Reception Room, Map Room, State Floor and the famous rooms of the West Wing including the Oval Office, Cabinet Room and Press Room. The tour also includes several rooms on the upper floors of the residence including the Lincoln Bedroom, the Queen’s Bedroom, the President’s Dining Room and the Treaty Room. The virtual tour can be experienced from anywhere.
The White House Neighborhood Walking Tour provides turn-by-turn navigation of the President’s Neighborhood for visitors in Washington, D.C. This tour includes stops at historic landmarks and buildings in the area such as Decatur House, Lafayette Square, St. John’s Church, Treasury Building, North Lawn, Blair House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Lawn and Ellipse, and the White House Visitor Center. The app also features information on points of interest at each of the stops.
For visitors on an in-person tour of the White House, the app offers a Companion Tour that provides a room-by-room guide of the White House. This tour also includes information on where visitors should meet to begin the tour and items that are permitted and prohibited during their White House visit.
In addition to tours, the app’s Presidential Look A-Like feature allows users to take a selfie and find out which president or first lady they most resemble based on portraits of the presidents and first ladies in the White House Collection. The feature is powered by Amazon Rekognition, a deep learning-based image and video analysis tool that compares user-submitted selfie images with images of presidents and first ladies to determine a level of similarity, and then tells a user which president or first lady he or she most resembles.
The app is part of an ongoing agreement with Amazon Web Services to assist the Association in promoting its educational mission through the use of cutting-edge digital technology. The app is run on the digital platform Cuseum with support from Amazon Web Services.
Additional tours, accessibility features, trivia games and other augmented content are planned for the mobile application’s growth in the coming months. The White House Historical Association thanks the White House, National Park Service and the United States Secret Service for their support in launching the White House Experience app.
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