If "a picture is worth a thousand words," how can the infusion of technology help works of art communicate their story to the public?

Permanent art collections typically use small placards to display the object's title, artist, and dimensions. Limited space restricts the display of expanded details, which may impact the guest's appreciation or understanding of the object being viewed. Would an art museum experience be more meaningful; and therefore, more memorable if the viewer knew the artist's inspiration, their mentors, or what influenced their decisions behind the creation of each piece of art--be it the religion, politics, or movement during its creation? Cognitive research suggests, "Whenever new material is presented in such a way that students see relationships, they generate greater brain cell activity and achieve more successful long-term memory storage and retrieval."

Applying data visualization technology to a museum collection can show relational information together with the art object. The object could be in front of you and/or on a mobile device; either situation allows the guest to see a collective and detailed snapshot of the piece of art.

By integrating indoor positioning with data visualization, the guest can view details about the piece and find it without assistance. The guest has the freedom to follow pre-planned tours or curate their own tour to follow and share with others. Other features will include a scavenger hunt - the visitor will get small clues and using the indoor positioning, they'll play "hot and cold" with finding the piece; location-based notifications to push new art based on preferences and interests; tablet-based sketching tool to augment the artwork or share with friends.

Using Android Wear, Google Glass and our Android-based app, we hope to give visitors to the museum a new and exciting experience!

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