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Old 03-26-2006, 03:30 PM
Kris Kumar
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Default Museums Begin Offering Audio Tours on Cell Phones

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060317/ap_on_hi_te/museum_phone_tours;_ylt=AlHClexmp5pT2UyohpvAo4Rj24cA;_ylu=X3oDMTA5aHJvMDdwBHNlYwN5bmNhdA--

"Art lovers, history buffs and science devotees, take note: To get the most out of your next museum visit, make sure you have your cell phone with you. Not to gab on, of course, but to listen to audio tours that weave music, narration and recordings from historical archives designed to bring more context to the exhibitions. For many visitors, it comes as a welcome alternative to the decades-old system of museums renting out expensive handheld devices. Museums across the country, once averse to noisy cell phones, are suddenly encouraging their use. In the past year, about a dozen art institutions including museums in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Calif., Tacoma, Wash., Minneapolis and Greenwich, Conn. have begun offering cell phone tours, mostly for free. Dozens more are in the process of implementing the service."

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In today's world where cell phones are getting banned or shunned in most places, the museums are welcoming them. Now this is a pretty innovative use for the cell phones. But I think the even better option would be to have a mobile friendly Web site, so that the visitors can point their smart phone browsers to that Web site and have all the information, including the audio-video presentation links, at their fingertips. ;-)
 
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