On December 3rd, 2008 Anniken Huitfeldt, Norwegian Ministry of Childhood and Equal opportunities inaugurated “Lufta er fur alle” at the Oslo Norsk Telemuseum were we applied some of the forthcoming mobile technologies (not fully yet in the iphone/andorid boom era) to the musuem enviroment.
This edutainment application was dedicated to show to the younger and deaf people the possibilities of technologies applied to mobile devices. By downloading the application, users could play treasure hunt via QR codes trying to detect the secret messages in it. We allowed users to even create QR codes in order to communicate their “secret messages” to other visitors and attach them in a “tagwall”. The application also allowed users to leave a feedback message and send it via web to the museum’s website feeding a tagcloud. Finally, users can see the musuem’s path on Google earth by sending an email.
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This application is dedicated to visitors with Wifi enabled phones requiring indoor locations based services. It delivers contents via mobile devices like GSM or Wifi mobile phones and allows anyone, including groups of people with disabilities, to be guided and be geo-localized. The application allows user to: customize content and user’s preferences interacting via mail; get rich-text infos via wifi on the exhibition’s contents; be guided step-by-step on a graphic map to the next point of interest. Users are guided to reach their destination and get relevant information via wifi at the same time; locate the user on an interactive map through the QR code tagging; shoot pictures during the visit; re-live the path done and the pictures shooted in the museum on Google Earth.
The Blindpath at the Telemuseum is based on the SESAMONET (SEcure and SAfe MObility NETwork) project and has been developed with JRC and Cattid at the University La Sapienza in Rome. The Blindpath can contribute to improve visually impaired people mobility. The blind-path is based on the use of passive radio frequency transponders (RFID) as electronic landmarks to form a virtual path. These landmarks are read by a dedicated walking cane and conveyed to the visually impaired as an audio signal. The rfid chips are embedded in the floor so there is no need for plastic carpet.