Desktop Research: Developments in Technology

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  • 2016 Will Be the Year Technology Interacts Directly with Humans
    http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/11/features/wired-world-2016-yves-behar
    The screen has been providing a sense of immersion that is irresistible to us, but Yves Behar, Founder of Fuseproject believes that 2016 will be the year the invisible interface emerges — a movement wherein technology still provides us with information and gives us command of our surroundings, but through discreet signals rather than screens. - dianezorich dianezorich Feb 3, 2016 - shazan shazan Feb 4, 2016 - kaja kaja Feb 5, 2016 - dmitroff dmitroff Feb 5, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - emily_fry emily_fry Feb 8, 2016 1454966989]Like to read more examples- Singer Singer Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016- Jenoleniczak Jenoleniczak Feb 11, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 - njohn njohn Feb 14, 2016 This is so very intriguing but needs more real world examples and use cases to be fully understood in terms of potential. - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 22, 2016 Neat, but also seems incremental. These are more sophisticated, but science and children's museums have had slightly more primitive versions of this tech for years. - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016 "We also know that technology has the profound potential to enhance our experience of the world around us, rather than distract us from it." I feel like this article is important and right, but is also pre-disposed to think of screens as bad, a very troublesome point of view. I think we need a way to talk about tech integration without automatically associating any advancement with the end-of-times. - - emilyllytle emilyllytle Feb 27, 2016- alex alex Feb 29, 2016
  • * * * About Smithsonian X 3D> [[@http://3d.si.edu/about> Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions. - dianezorich dianezorich Feb 3, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016- PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016 - PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016 WSJ The future of everything takes this idea to the next level: http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-the-future-of-music-a-chip-in-your-brain-1449505111- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016- Sam Sam Feb 17, 2016 - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 22, 2016- emily emily Feb 23, 2016
  • Air and Space Museum Hits Refresh Button with Hands-on Exhibit
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/air-and-space-museum-hits-refresh-button-with-hands-on-exhibit/2015/08/17/0b83e7e2-40f2-11e5-8ab4-c73967a143d3_story.html
    “Above and Beyond” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is billed as “the ultimate interactive flight exhibition.” At its five high-tech stations, you can design and fly your own jet, pilot a drone or pick up space junk orbiting the planet.- Sam Sam Feb 17, 2016 - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016- emily emily Feb 23, 2016
  • Annotating to Engage, Analyze, Connect and Create
    http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/12/skills-and-strategies-annotating-to-engage-analyze-connect-and-create/
    Points to web annotation tools like Genius, Diigo and Hypothesis. Should museums be publishing separate books and journals or building on existing web resources with annotations? How to do scholarly processes of collaborative knowledge building take place in web and app first based publishing content ecosystems. - nealstimler nealstimler Feb 6, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - emily_fry emily_fry Feb 8, 2016While engaging visitors in interactive group participation, which we do, how to include the power of annotation? Not just with stickey notes. Any reference available?- Singer Singer Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 built into this are also questions around authority and how institutions are/are not/can distribute authority - njohn njohn Feb 14, 2016 Interesting to see the effect that annotation capabilities can have on the promotion of "close reading". Does this technology serve as an enhancement to the physical/digital museum experience that promotes deeper inspection, critical thinking. and increased post-visit retention? Annotation tools for use in business contexts are gaining traction but are challenged by the highly individualistic methods users have for constructing and managing textual or mental "marginalia". - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 22, 2016 Of course we're happily annotating right now. Annotation is already built into lots of museum processes from exhibit design to conservation. The interesting thing about these technologies is how well they'll accommodate policies surrounding provenance, authenticity, and versioning. [unattributed?] From EmilyLP: The capacity for digital, immediate, searchable collaborative annotations is exciting and intriguing. I also think, as the article implies when it discusses Genius, that annotation capabilities represent the democratization/ownership of information that the internet allows, played out in real time. - emilyllytle emilyllytle Feb 27, 2016 - marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016
    I think this is important and challenging for all of the reasons stated above, especially heightening visitor engagement and increasing museum knowledge about and reactions to programs and collections.- marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016

  • Beacons: Exploring Location-Based Technology in Museums
    http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/office-of-the-director/digital-media-department/digital-underground/2015/beacons
    Recently in the museum sector there has been a lot of attention given to "iBeacons," or Bluetooth low energy (BLE), a technology that addresses the need for a low-cost, easy-to-implement solution for indoor location-based services and opens the door for nonprogrammers to build their own location-based experiences and share them with others. - dianezorich dianezorich Feb 3, 2016 - ryand ryand Feb 4, 2016- jludden jludden Feb 5, 2016 - dmitroff dmitroff Feb 5, 2016 - lkelly lkelly Feb 7, 2016- dallen dallen Feb 8, 2016 - matthew matthew Feb 8, 2016 - PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016- Singer Singer Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016- SOberoi SOberoi Feb 12, 2016 - njohn njohn Feb 14, 2016 - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 22, 2016 - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016- emily emily Feb 23, 2016 - dhegley dhegley Feb 26, 2016 - emilyllytle emilyllytle Feb 27, 2016 - marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016

  • Here's why Internet of Things really is the next frontier for businesses
    http://fortune.com/2015/09/30/internet-of-things-businesses/
    "'Creating a connected product using IoT technologies creates a relationship between the product company and the customer,' [Frank] Gillett said of why companies are willing to invest so heavily in IoT. 'This becomes an ongoing service experience and relationship that dramatically improves customer engagement and brand awareness. The relationship goes from being a one-time, arm’s-length transaction to an ongoing service relationship.'" - nealstimler nealstimler Feb 6, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - emily_fry emily_fry Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 23, 2016 There's a lot of overlap between IoT and the Invisible interface tech addressed in the first topic
  • How Blockchain Tech is Inspiring the Art World
    http://www.coindesk.com/blockchain-technology-inspiring-art/
    An overview as to how artists and institutions might use blockchain to verify authorship, ownership and authenticity of digital files. Includes mention of companies like Ascribe.IO and Monegraph. - nealstimler nealstimler Feb 7, 2016 - lkelly lkelly Feb 7, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 More on blockchaining here: http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/blockchain-and-how-it-will-change-everything-20160204-gmmd6e.html I hadn't heard of it before but seems a trend that has potential impact across all areas of our business, esp sales and customer relations- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 23, 2016 I am unfamiliar with this technology, but it seems as if it would be a powerful way to manage the rights and licensing of digital works, and also manage the provenance and "conservation" of same.
  • ICER Innovation Center: Using Biometrics to Welcome Museum Visitors
    http://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/features/icer-innovation-center-uses-biometrics-as-a-welcome-to-its-museum-of-technology/
    The ICER Innovation Center in the Netherlands has installed FST Biometrics’ IMID Access at 15 checkpoints throughout the museum. Visitors are able to register as users before they begin their museum tour, then, when they pass through the interactive checkpoints, they gain valuable information about the museum exhibit, provided to them with personalization. - matthew matthew Feb 8, 2016 - PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016- SOberoi SOberoi Feb 12, 2016 - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016 - marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016

  • The Museum of the Future Is Here
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/how-to-build-the-museum-of-the-future/384646/
    Next to every object on-display at the Cooper Hewitt is a small pattern that looks like the origin point of the coordinate plane. When the pen touches it, the digital record of that object is added to the visitor’s personal museum collection. When they leave, they will have to return the pen, but information about and high-resolution photos of the object will be waiting for them.- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016- shazan shazan Feb 4, 2016 this sounds brilliant - an really inspiring way to interact with the collections - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - kaja kaja Feb 5, 2016 I agree with Shazan, a co-creation experience is significant for today's visitors/users. - lkelly lkelly Feb 7, 2016 More on the pen here:https://musdigi.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/the-pen-is-mightier-than-the-screen/- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 I also like the idea that people can "take away" something with them. I’ve visited the museum and analyzed the experience, lost of ups and downs; the central idea of engagement is the key element. At MIDE we´ve worked with a similar system for almost 10 years, (no pen) unique engagement is achieved and in our case a jewel for operation: almost all interactive are working 100% of the time, a museum with no broken devices. - Singer Singer Feb 9, 2016 What I like about this article, and the Pen, is how it shows the extend to which digital affects museums. I've been using this with students in many different contexts, and it's an eye opener for them in terms of tech opportunities. - jasper jasper Feb 10, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 Recently heard Caroline Baumann talking about this project and she said that the visitor takeup rate on the pen was something like 96%, and the post visit online check in rate is 40%. It would be great to be able to really parse the data-- I'd be very curious to see what folks are doing in those post-visit online sessions, as well as how many are coming back once vs. multiple times (i.e. novelty vs. utility) - laura laura Feb 19, 2016 I agree with Jasper, I'm very interested in the post-visit data. - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016 Had a chance to experience this myself and it is a great idea, although still in its infancy. - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 23, 2016 - dhegley dhegley Feb 26, 2016 - EmilyLP EmilyLP Feb 27, 2016
  • Robo Tour Guides Are Ready to Roll at Museums
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/robo-tour-guides-are-ready-to-roll-at-museums-1445023920
    The American Museum of Natural History and other institutions are trying out with telepresence robots - kaja kaja Feb 5, 2016 a high-potential technology (elderly, users overseas, schools, disabled). - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 Great ideas but still believe human docent is still the key to make it a meaningful museum experience. - jasper jasper Feb 10, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 wondering how this experience is different from more traditional distance learning experiences? Also interesting to contrast with the next item (periscope) - marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016The potential I see in this experience is to complement something like the historic dioramas with the "real people and their voices," who may be physically remote from the museum.

  • As Twitter Introduces Periscope, Tech Titans Bet on Live Streaming Video
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/technology/tech-titans-bet-that-the-world-is-ready-for-the-streaming-selfie.html?_r=0
    The premise of Periscope, Meerkat and other live-streaming video apps is to allow users to capture videos of anything, anywhere, and notify or share it with followers. These apps are growing in popularity, while organizations begin to consider their potential applications.- dianezorich dianezorich Feb 3, 2016 - ryand ryand Feb 4, 2016 I live-streamed a couple of events in our Museum - there are serious questions of copyright here but still a great tool- shazan shazan Feb 7, 2016 - lkelly lkelly Feb 7, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - emily_fry emily_fry Feb 8, 2016- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 Our museum educators have started to use Periscope to offer education programs based in the collection stores. Not so many copyright issues with our geology or mammalogy stores! - ewallis ewallis Feb 9, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 - njohn njohn Feb 14, 2016 - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016 We've used Periscope a few times to give a curator guided tour or record a gallery talk. - marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016We used periscope to live stream an international museum convening in Washington. Not the same as in a museum, but amazingly affordable and quite effective.

  • Virtual Reality Weekend at the British Museum
    https://www.britishmuseum.org/about_us/news_and_press/press_releases/2015/virtual_reality_weekend.aspx
    The Virtual Reality Weekend at the British Museum allowed visitors to explore a virtual reality Bronze Age site by interacting with 3D scans of objects from the Museum’s collection of this period, placed in their original setting. - ryand ryand Feb 4, 2016 - dmitroff dmitroff Feb 5, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - emily_fry emily_fry Feb 8, 2016 - Jeff.A Jeff.A Feb 8, 2016- jludden jludden Feb 8, 2016 - PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016- emily emily Feb 23, 2016 I am deeply interested in this but also wary... it still seems hollow, some of which is because of the still-low-fidelity of these experiences. However, i know the experimenting happening now is how that begins to change! - EmilyLP EmilyLP Feb 27, 2016
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  • Wi-Fi Challenges Bluetooth for the Beacon Market
    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2975859/mobile-apps/wi-fi-challenges-bluetooth-for-the-beacon-market.html
    The Wi-Fi Alliance recently unveiled Wi-Fi Aware as an alternative to Bluetooth Smart, the technology behind the Apple iBeacon and Google Eddystone specifications. This article describes how it fares within the market of proximity engagement solutions, bringing to life places and objects in the physical world by tagging them with digital content. - dianezorich dianezorich Feb 3, 2016 - ryand ryand Feb 4, 2016 - kaja kaja Feb 5, 2016 - dmitroff dmitroff Feb 5, 2016 - lkelly lkelly Feb 7, 2016 - Merete.Sanderhoff Merete.Sanderhoff Feb 8, 2016 - emily_fry emily_fry Feb 8, 2016- dallen dallen Feb 8, 2016- jludden jludden Feb 8, 2016 - matthew matthew Feb 8, 2016 - PGangopadhyay PGangopadhyay Feb 8, 2016- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016- laura laura Feb 9, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016- SOberoi SOberoi Feb 12, 2016 - njohn njohn Feb 14, 2016 - heathermarie.wells heathermarie.wells Feb 22, 2016- emily emily Feb 23, 2016 - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 23, 2016 - dhegley dhegley Feb 26, 2016
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  • Google Expeditions Brings the Field Trip to the Classroom Using Google Cardboard http://www.wired.com/2016/01/google-brings-its-vr-field-trips-to-more-schools/ I see this as a fantastic opportunity for institutuions (especially smaller ones) to showcase their exhibits/site using existing street view imagery and additional content captured by 360 photo/video, 3D scanning, and other emerging tech. - Jeff.A Jeff.A Feb 8, 2016- jludden jludden Feb 8, 2016- hdin hdin Feb 8, 2016 Again, it's our museum educators who are really excited about this one - ewallis ewallis Feb 9, 2016 - dhegley dhegley Feb 26, 2016
  • Going Beyond the Survey http://www.lightwave.io/Imagine gauging the emotional response of visitors in real time. - Jeff.A Jeff.A Feb 8, 2016- mcollerd mcollerd Feb 8, 2016 - jfoley jfoley Feb 12, 2016 would love to see more research on this. There was an article in the New Yorker about a year ago talking about advances in machine reading of micro-expressions, and it seemed to me like something that could have really interesting applications in museums.: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/01/19/know-feel - njohn njohn Feb 14, 2016 I'm intrigued and creeped out by this idea in equal measure! This strikes me as having the potential of crossing a line that requires more than the usual lightweight (and normally implied or ignored) contractual agreement between visitors and a museum purveying a technology-based experience. - laura laura Feb 19, 2016 definitely an interesting topic - marsha.semmel marsha.semmel Mar 2, 2016Yes, definitely interesting and a number of museums are putting themselves more squarely in that 'affective' space where they are looking at love, empathy, wellness, and other socio-emotional dimensions of learning (and the related, appropriate and potential formats and mechanisms for fostering same)

  • What's Next in Computing? https://medium.com/@cdixon/what-s-next-in-computing-e54b870b80cc#.ksoej5rzb I know it's late in the day for adding clippings but I thought this Medium article was a nice summary. - laura laura Feb 22, 2016 - chuck.patch chuck.patch Feb 23, 2016 agreed. Makes me think that ther a number of overlapping technologies On the cusp that could have huge impact on the interpretaion of "place"