ERIC Number: ED482157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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The State of the Art in Museum Handhelds in 2003.
Proctor, Nancy; Tellis, Chris
This paper examines the rapidly changing state of museum handhelds from both a technology and content perspective. The paper also discusses the component parts for a successful museum installation: content, user interface, applications, form factor, positioning and the challenges to integrating these components. Specific examples are demonstrated from the 2002 Tate Modern installation and the authors' own research. Tate Modern's Multimedia Tour Pilot, open to the public from July through September 2002, was a 45-minute tour of the Still Life/Object/ Real Life galleries, in which visitors could experience audio, video, still images and a variety of interactive applications on handheld iPAQ computers loaned by HP; the content of the multimedia tour was delivered to the visitor through the museum's wireless network, using location-based technologies. The paper concludes that wireless interactive systems offer important tools and unique opportunities for the development of in-gallery interpretation and education programs, and the extension of these to a cultural experience of the wider city that links many museums and visitor attractions. The visitor response to the Tate Modern Multimedia Tour Pilot has given an unequivocal green light to future development of these handheld solutions within the museum. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Exhibits, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Multimedia Materials, Museums, Pilot Projects
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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