MIDEAâs Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this NMC Horizon Report Short List > 2013 Museum Edition of Alexâs Art Picks:
Augmented reality is an emerging technology that has made all three Horizon Report Museum Edition short lists and this is probably the coolest example that Iâve seen.Â Coming soon to a museum near you are augmented reality sandboxes! UC Davis has developed a self-guided exhibition showing how elevation and contour lines work. As the viewer manipulates the sand, a Microsoft Kinect recognizes the contours and that data feeds a computer that projects different colors on the surface making it appear as a topographical map.
Shopping for you favorite artwork reproduction might have entailed sorting through bins in a museum gift store or ordering from a poster house online. Now with the advancement in 3D printing technology, a topic on the 2-3 year adoption horizon, you can print your own artwork with picture frame and all! Fujifilm has invented a process called Reliefography and is currently offering a limited edition of 3D printed artworks from the Van Gogh Museum for a mere $34,000.
The Smithsonian Museumâs Secretary G. Wayne Cloughâs recent e-book Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age touches on several topics featured in this yearâs Museum Report short list including electronic publication, crowdsourcing, 3D printing, digital preservation, and open content. Â This interview covers how Clough envisions using each of these tools and processes to help digitally transform the museumsâ holdings of over 14 million objects.