The University Galleries at Texas State University have released a new iPhone application for museums, called Musing, that promises to be a much more engaging experience for museum visitors.
Musing is an augmented reality iPhone application that allows the visitor to scan artworks in the gallery in order to learn more about its historical relevance, watch video interviews with the artist and learn about techniques used. The app allows visitors to learn much more about the artwork than what could be normally be presented in the wall labels traditionally used by museums.
By placing links, or “points of interest,” directly over the image being viewed on the iPhone screen, museum administrators are able to place pertinent information exactly where they want on the image, allowing them to pinpoint specific areas of interest in the artwork.
Dan Tamir of the Computer Science department, along with computer science students Gentry Atkinson and Kevin Whiteside, developed the application in collaboration with Grayson Lawrence of the Communication Design Program and University Galleries director Mary Mikel Stump. The partnership represents the first time Computer Science and Communication Design have collaborated on a project of this kind.
— JAYME BLASCHKE/TEXAS STATE NEWS SERVICE