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  • annaanna21 10:47 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Mobile Apps : Natural History Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage photos 

    Here are some more pics of the exhibitions from our trip to AMNH and Museum of Jewish Heritage.


    The World’s Largest Dinosaurs(AMNH )

    Milstein hall of Ocean Life.

    “Great Canoe” the work of craftsmen from than one of the First Nations of British Columbia 1841-1931.

    Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies (AMNH ):

    Hall of Human Origins/Sackler Educational Laboratory for comparative Genomics and Human origins.

    The view of Statue of Liberty from the Museum of Jewish Heritage during sunset.

  • annaanna21 10:17 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Mobile Apps : Natural History Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage 

    This weekend I went to a Natural History Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage with Melanie , Amy and Corie. It was a great trip with lots of adventures but it took us two days instead of one as we were planning.

    First of all I would say that using Mobile Applications seems a really new technology source because not a lot of people around us were using it in any of the Museums. Actually to be more precise I have not seen other people using it except us that made us look like technology friendly people:) which was pretty nice I have to say.
    Natural History Museum had an incredible collection of course and we tried to see all the best of it but unlike most of the people instead of walking and reading the information tabs we did the tour with help of Mobile Apps. The collection included various incredible exhibitions starting form The World’s Largest Dinosaurs ending with Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies and so.on. When we got to the service desk it took us some time to figure out about accessing the service usually at an information desk they ask you to leave a credit card as an insurance just in case something happens to the phone but they do not charge you for any money so in couple of minutes all four of us were equipped with Ipodes and we were ready to go. We started our visit with a second floor and after a while I got accustomed to use the phone as a digital ” Tour Gide”. I loved it, it was a really great experience. The mobile App gave me every detailed information about objects of a collection with pictures and short descriptions with dates and all the history information. Although there was some exceptions like African Art Collection and Indian Collection department. Unfortunately I could find a very few information on my device about this two collections department and in some cases it would just provide a text about just one or two objects of a collection. What I liked about the menu a lot was that it had several internet service functions. It could actually be connected to an internet right away. Connection list included facebook, Twitter and various social websites and it was possible to send and share pictures or text information about collection’s objects. Also my favorite was a service that enabled to collect selected pictures with text by bookmarking them and then by just one click sending them to my mail.

    Although as long as it was fun and comfortable at one point it had some flaws because I suppose it is still a new approach to use mobiles in a Museum setting and it still is not perfect as a technology service. I wanted to send some bookmarks on my mail and when I pushed the bookmark and send button it took me to a different application which was something about choosing my mail account service form a list of different mail companies like AOL , Yahoo Gmail and so. on. But the problem was that I could not cancel the service and it just blocked the hole page and I could not use the mobile menu anymore. But luckily it was the end of our tour time so I had an advantage of using it anyway. I guess the system still needs to be worked at because it sometimes fails to accomplish the task. Also like Melanie mentioned it doesn’t have all the information on it about exhibition Items and Objects.

    Now about the Jewish Museum of Heritage. It was my first time to visit this Museum and I enjoyed it very much. The Museum had a wonderful exhibition called the ” Voices of Liberty ” that was a diverse interviews of Holocaust survivors, refugees, and others who chose to make the US their home and emigrated here long time ago. The Ipodes use here was focused on just Audio tour. The Ipodes were handed along with a set of headphones and it was very easy to use since with just one click you could listen to a recording while entering the room. The exhibition took place in one large room surrounded with huge glass walls and you could see an excellent view of Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island landscape.

    I think the experience of Mobiles in a Museum is really great because it can provide you with digital information recourse very quickly and also it is possible to stay connected with internet. As a new multimedia tours with their diverse voices and interactive functions Mobiles are one way that museums are literally passing control into the visitors’ hands. I mean providing a greater potential of connections that enable the visitor to select and categorize. A result of emerging technologies in the mobile industry, mobile experiences in museums today implements the newer multimedia tour as a variety of mobile applications that go further than the traditional tour model.

  • sdaugherty28 10:06 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink
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    Mobile Apps: Brooklyn Museum and the AMNH 

    Hi Everyone,

    Erin and I visited the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History last week. I decided to download the app ahead of time to my ipod touch because I was not sure how long it would take at the Museum. When we got to the Brooklyn Museum, I did not notice any sign advertising the mobile app. I would guess that most visitors did not even know that the museum had one. Similarly, I did not locate a desk or anything where you could rent a ipod if you did not have your own.

    I was quite excited to test out that app, but soon became discouraged. Not only did my ipod touch take a long time to detect the Museum’s wifi, but the app took a very long time to load. Erin, who was using her iphone, had the same problems. We started to walk around the museum hoping we would find a stronger connection. The text began to load, but my ipod would not load the app’s images. It was very hard to locate the object the app was describing without the image. I tried to reload the app multiple times, but soon became so frustrated that I abandoned it. Erin had the same problems on her iphone. I did use my blackberry to call numbers on the wall labels for more information. That was interesting, but I did not have the patience to call every object’s extension.

    Like Erin, I played with the app when I got home and think it has potential. The images loaded while I was at home, which suggests there was a problem with Brooklyn’s wifi strength and not the app. I think the rotating object of the day was cool. This is a great way to show people objects that they might not get to that visit. In addition, I wish I could have browsed the highlights in each geographical area. The Museum has a good basic outline, but I would have liked to see more information about each object. As Katie said, a lot of the text was from their website and didn’t provide additional information. Also, check out the Brooklyn Museum’s open storage. It. was. AMAZING!

    After lunch, we went to the AMNH. Like Lea said, the app is not very well advertised. I didn’t see a sign for it nor did I notice a place where you could rent ipods. I thought I downloaded the app the night before, but it turns out I only downloaded the Dinosaur app (Cori described this app very well in her post). The explorer app was for the entire museum and not just the dinosaur exhibits. I noticed the app had different tours, but Erin and I choose the visit the highlights. We decided to visit the Eastern Island Head first. In my opinion, the best part of the app was its map and directions. The museum is so big and I know I would have been lost without the app’s gps capability. Not only did the app provide directions to exhibits and objects, but also to the cafe, bathroom, store, and exhibits. In addition, the app kept track which exhibitions and objects you visited. I switched to the dinosaur app when we were in the exhibit with the T-rex. I think children would really love the app at the AMNH. It was user friendly and even had a tour of all the objects in Night at the Museum! I will definitely use this app at my next visit to the museum.

    My final thought: Did anyone feel a little self conscious using your phone in the museum? Most of the other visitors were not using the app and I wondered if they thought I was someone who couldn’t put their phone away… Little did they realize I was actually engaging in the museum!

    • erinlbradford 10:32 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ❤ the open storage. Some people choose to get married in museums, I would get married in Brooklyn's open storage 🙂

    • corilinville 4:54 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i want to get married in a museum! haha that would awesome!
      also… i didnt feel self conscious using my phone, i think i would only have that way if i was talking on it, especially not about museum related issues. though I did not see other people using their phones while I was in the museum. But it’s not like anyone came up to me and say can you please put your phone away. So i felt like I was okay in what I was doing.

    • annaanna21 11:37 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Stephanie I liked reading this text because I guess everyone had a same problem as you discuss. I mean problems with Internet and information download:) I remember that mine just stooped working after a while because of some mail account problem. I wanted to bookmark a photo and send it t my mail but it just never worked:)) Although I still enjoyed the Mobile Apps experience a lot:)

    • chrislarry 11:01 pm on November 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bonnie (the GA) did a fantastic mobile app game prototype based on the open storage for her final project in this class last year. She hand animated all the story boards. Ask her to see it.

  • chillinwithnobody 1:44 am on November 6, 2011 Permalink
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    I went to the American Museum of Natural History today. Anna, Amy and I checked out ipod touches from the museum, and went exploring. My first reaction was that the app was good for finding you way around. There are a few ways to explore the museum. First there are tours and scavenger hunts to see the high lights of the museum. I liked this a lot; there a few things that everyone is going to want to see, especially at the AMNH, and I thought it was helpful to be guided directly to the different objects, from the blue whale to the t-rex and lucy. The problem the group had was that it didn’t tell you where the object was before you chose to go to it. There was no indication on the object page or the map (more on that later), so you couldn’t plan your trip strategically; we started crisscrossing the museum, wasting a lot of time/energy getting around. That being said, the room icons on the map did tell you what highlighted item was in that room, so that was helpful once you were in the room so you didn’t miss anything important.

    Second was the mapping section. Firstly, I had major problems with my second ipod, but more on that later. With the first ipod, it worked fine. There was a digital map of the whole museum that breaks down where you are and also what is in every room. The problem in the design I feel is that the overall map doesn’t give you the name of the rooms, so you have to click on a icon to a) find out what room it is and b) whats in that room. So you have to memorize the rooms, which I felt made it difficult to navigate. I kept referencing my paper map to see what was near, so we could stop wandering. I wish that the digital map was more like the paper map, and allowed you to explore at a glance, without having to check every icon.

    I did find the information that the app gave you about the exhibits to be useful. Alot in the galleries is unlabeled, or just gives a name. There was a North West Indian’s armour with chinese coins all over it, and that was a bit confusing. So we checked the app, and it explained they came from a Boston merchant (didn’t explain how they got to Washington, but anyway…). So that was informative; the bad thing was that that was the only thing in the whole room in the app! That was pretty common, only a few highlighted items were mentioned, but what they had was informative, if brief.

    Now for the technical problems! First, my ipod, about 30 minutes in, alerted me that I had 20% battery left, and started dying. Then Amy and Anna’s started to die as well, which is a little insane, because we arrive at around 11:30, so we should have been among the first users of the day, so why weren’t they fully charged? It was a problem we never thought about: keeping equipment charged is very important, because it only took a hour and a half for the device to get dangerously low on power. We swung back to the desk and got replacement ipods, and they almost gave Amy one that was low again! With new ipods, we returned to the gallery, but I had a lot of technical problems with this on my second ipod. The app couldn’t find me in the museum! I didn’t feel like returning for a third ipod, so I kept it. It always said I was on the second floor, even when I was on the fourth! Because of this, the guided map directions didn’t work, and it always preset back to the front room, which I was no where near. When I eventually got back on the second floor, the problem still occurred, they just had the right floor coincidentally. If I had been by myself and didn’t have my paper map, this would have been very, very confusing!

    Anyway, we took too long in AMNH to get to MoMA, so we’re going back tomorrow. Part two to come!

    • sdaugherty28 10:10 pm on November 6, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s great that you had the experience of borrowing an ipod. I think that’s very different from using your own.

    • annaanna21 10:42 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Melanie for the detailed information. It was also very interesting to read about the technical problems the Mobile Apps had. I think it still needs some time before the Mobile Apps will perfectly function since it is still a new thing for now:)

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