A museum visit doesn't always connote an exciting experience. But that's about to change with the introduction of a series of new apps that transform your visits into more meaningful and engaging experiences.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City recently replaced their dedicated "Acoustiguides" with a Web-based mobile application accessible on personal Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones. Fifty iPod touches pre-loaded with the "NA Mobile Guide" (naguide.org) are available for use free of charge. The initial reception was a bit tepid; patrons to the Nelson and other art museums tend to be older and not as comfortable with new technology. However, acceptance increased as the content and functionality of the Mobile Guide improved.
To paraphrase Carl Sagan's famous remark, there are billions upon billions of stars and other sparkly things out there in the night skies. Gazing into the heavens on a clear night can be a mystical experience, but the real magic occurs when you understand what you're looking at.
Astronomy began thousands of years ago when shepherds in the field gazed up at the sky and saw the outlines of objects and mythical beings traced by patterns of stars. As time passed and technology evolved, our knowledge of the sky improved. But to this day, we still cling to the same 88 constellations envisioned by those ancient shepherds on long ago sleepless nights.