The VueGuide Hand-held Tour
The Museum of Anthropology
In this pilot project, I researched and wrote some 50 short scripts for the Museum of Anthropology’s hand-held tour. The scripts were for brief multimedia presentations played on a specially modified PDA as the visitor walked through the museum. Infrared beams from each display triggered the relevant information, so visitors could tour the exhibits in any order they chose.
The trick here was to tie any information appearing on the screen of the PDA directly to some detail of of the featured artifact, so that visitors would still look at the real thing. The last thing anyone wanted was to have visitors walking around this beautiful museum with their eyes glued to their smart phones.
We must have done something right. The VueGuide was given a gold MUSE award by the American Association of Museums.