Apple’s iBeacon Tech Brings Art Gallery To Life
Antwerp museums look to establish a network of data pushing devices inside their buildings.
- 31 january 2014
Digital agency Prophets has created an iBeacon-powered mobile app for Rubens House in Antwerp. Meant to be as tool for visitors of the respectable museum, this prototype demonstrates how cutting-edge technology can enhance the overall art experience.
With hopes to create an intricate network of digital content inside the house, Prophets positioned iBeacon sensors in just about every nook and cranny. These stand-alone sensors are battery-powered and communicates via Bluetooth. Because of its small, wireless design, Beacons can be installed without any physical intervention in the historic structure of the building.
Push notifications sent to smartphones and other mobile devices connect people in close proximity, notifying them of the stories behind different paintings and architectures. Through this app, users will have access to x-ray scans of the artwork, interactive trivia questions about Rubens and a GPS system that outlines the entire building.
iBeacon technology will change the museum experience, especially considering this type of technology hasn’t yet been incorporated in non-retail settings. Once established, iBeacon can offer a spectrum of possibilities, ranging from guided tours by theme to interactive learning experiences for children.
See how the application is put to use below.
Source, Image: Prophets