In natural and historical museums, the exhibits talk about the history of the cultures and their contribution to the existing ones. Most kids from the modern era don’t really have cognizance of history. Museums will educate them about cultures that existed before and the importance they have in the present society.
There is a strong belief that people should adapt to the upcoming technologies to enhance their experiences in their respective facilities.
It’s going good with the existing generations but what about the next generation which is officially called as the ‘Gen Alpha’. Can they accommodate themselves in venues like museums without any technology?
Indoor Wayfinding and Tracking
We are now in an advanced technological society where-in our day to day interactions with other people, shopping for groceries or clothes, paying bills, etc., are mediated through technological platforms which were thought of as impossible a few decades earlier.
Mapping and routing are one of them. Most people, regardless of age, are used to navigating and locating places of interest using their smartphones via GPS technology.
In the context of a museum, imagine if visitors could pre-plan their route within the facility and find their way effortlessly to areas of interest.
Museums do hold regular events either to commemorate a person or an event in history which deserves public attention. With one smartphone application management can schedule and manage events effortlessly.
This will help in greater public participation and enhanced image of the museum as well.
Location Based Services
Use of this kind of apps will facilitate location-based services for users as well. The apps relay location-based notifications, safety tips and alerts, safe zones for meeting in case of an emergency in real-time.
Importance of Technology from Visitors’ Perspective
Anywhere across the world, museum visitors enter the venue with a curiosity to learn, know and get enlightened on the art, science, and many more other aspects related to history. But while they explore the facility, the visitors have been facing a few challenges that happen to occur due to lack of technology within the venue.
Use of technology can be viewed as an empowering experience when used for the right purposes, most often, to better the lives of the populace. Similarly, in museums, an assumed hectic day of the visitor can surprisingly be transformed into a day of fun and learning.
Technology offers opportunities that will enhance visitors’ experience in the museum sector, and many museums have already begun experimenting with technologies to enhance their interpretive and accessibility strategies. By embracing new technologies, it will improve museum activities; museums can be transformed into an innovative and creative space where the visitors can explore the venue with ease rather than not just being an artifact visitor.
A decade from now, technology is going to play an important role in museums; visitors will drive into museums only if there are technological facilities available within the venue, a survey reveals. Not many visitors are interested in wasting time in navigating themselves within the venue and so adaption of technology will be the key for penetrating visitors.
New Technologies for Enhanced Experience
Despite puritan arguments from one side of the spectrum which views museums as spaces which cannot be mediated by technology, there is already a trend setting in which proves otherwise.
Here are a few technologies that will surely be trending in museums in a few years from now.
Indoor Navigation and Wayfinding
Museums have a complicated environment for those who are waiting to be initiated into the spectacle it has to offer once you step inside. Added to this, not many visitors want to kill their time in searching for their spaces of interest within the venue. With this Technology under your disposal, visitors can position and navigate themselves with ease. However, this technology serves the visitors provided they carry devices that can be Bluetooth-enabled like a smartphone.
This geo-location technology functions with the help of beacons, which is a wireless sensor. Through this sensor, the visitors can walk into the museum and explore it from one end to the other without any hindrance. In an online survey by the website EOT (Eyes of Things) from Spain, they found out that using technology in museums will bring a new perspective for the museum visitors and will aid in efficient management as well.
Recently, beacon technology has been attracting the museum sector and it looks like in the near future, museums across the world will become techno-friendly. This technology will offer creative ways of engaging the visitors have with the space and more likely than not, enhance it.