Mobile interpretation without the information

March 31, 2014

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So, in preparation for our “Third Spaces” talk at Museums and the Web on Friday, I’m thinking about different kinds of mobile interpretation. Specifically, I’m interested in mobile interpretation in museum spaces that doesn’t rely on conveying information as its primary modality. Here I’m thinking about mobile apps that might allow visitors to control other elements (lighting, ambient colors, sounds) or otherwise experience objects and/or physical spaces differently.

Is anyone out there aware of such a thing? Halsey Burgund’s Roundware platform is heading in the direction of what I’m looking for, but is a bit more of an art object in and of itself. Are there other examples out there? My searches have come up empty so far. Please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

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