Apps, iPads in Museums
December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment
In efforts to distract myself from final exams and projects, I came across this awesome blog called "Museum Next." One of its blog posts discusses innovative ways of incorporating iPads and Apps during a museum visit. For example, in October the Brooklyn Museum opened a new show called "Seductive Subversion" which looked at the impact of women in the world of Pop Art. Rebecca Shaykin, a curatorial intern at the museum, helped implement the iPad operation by updating information held on each artist by Wikipedia.
Then, the information became readily available to museum visitors through iPads displayed throughout the exhibition. A device called WIKI API helped bring the information, allowing a more user-friendly approach. What I like about this approach is that it utilizes Wikipedia, where the museum patron can learn as much or as little about the art as he or she pleases.