The Tate Modern is to use wireless networking technology to provide visitors with a more interactive experience.
According to the BBC, the gallery has launched a pilot scheme which allows users to access a multimedia tour of its exhibitions via handheld computers. Each interested visitor will be given a wireless Pocket PC which will track where they are in the gallery and deliver them an instant visual guide.
If the field trial is a success then multimedia tours could be offered alongside the existing audio tours.
When a visitor enters a gallery the PC flashes to indicate there isinformation available. This may include a video describing the work, or a page of text giving further information about the artist. The system also offers more information via email at a later time and carries a map so you know where you are in the gallery.
Features in this pilot scheme include artist Damien Hirst talking about his work Pharmacy and Jake and Dinos Chapman providing heavy breathing for their sculpture about sex.
The Tate Modern is surveying users to assess whether they would want to use the system to vote and comment on the works they see, as well as to communicate using the handhelds as they go round the gallery.
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