The Future of Museum Technology


There are some thinking of the museums in future when I saw the Jake Barton’s Speech.It was showed that A third of the world watched live as the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001; a third more heard about it within 24 hours. In a moving talk, designer Jake Barton gives a peek at some of those installations, as well as several other projects that aim to make the observer an active participant in the exhibit.I think the interactive ‘Gallery One’ is a break through. I usually avoid museums, but the engaging activities look fascinating

There are three main key points in his speech.The first key point is Improvisation and seeing: it means how improvisation can enable different ways of seeing a collection of art. Museum is a place for people to gain some knowledge, but it is also a place for relax. So how to make the museum interesting and interaction has become the new trend in today’s society. “‘We need to amplify people’s curiosity about the objects in front of them” Barton explained the idea in the video. People now are not just content with seeing exhibits,but also want different ways of understanding them or even feeling them . Technology is the best tool to make connections between people and exhibits.


What do you think museums of the future will be like?

There’s so much interesting research in this area in this area and reports like TrendsWatch do a far better job than me of summarising key trends for museums. But we’re all thinking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how that might open up new possibilities in museums.

The IoT caricature is of your fridge telling you when it’s out of milk but there are very real applications for a connected world within and beyond the museum. After all, museum environments already chock full of sensors, the things that will power the IoT. At the most functional level, imagine how the IoT will change areas like conservation and security. But the recent folding of digital agency Berg, whose Little Printer really captured the world’s imagination, shows that the world of connected products is still very much in its infancy and even for those with Berg’s incredible creativity, expertise and imagination, the market isn’t necessarily there yet.

Museums of the future will also be social institutions (if they’re not already), more collaborative, more focused on engagement than presentation, and developing online (as well as physical) experiences. To do that well, we’ll need to have got our head around big data but perhaps we should focus more on small data or just using data better, to create truly personalised experiences for our visitors.(Kati Price, 2014)



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