Having studied our first prototype in the context of Museums and the Web conference, Dominic, Nic and I have been at it again. We've utilized the Microsoft Kinect in developing our second prototype. A pilot run is set for the end of this month with the possibility of continuation with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
We've also put together a website dedicated to Collabritique. Enjoy the video of our first user testing experience.
Electrofolksonogram (EFG) is the fusion of electroencephalogram (EEG), which is a device that measures brain waves, and folksonomy, which is a collaborative method to categorize content.
The EFG adds a new layer of information by recording the user’s engagement, excitement, and opinion about a particular piece of art. As a proof of concept displaying the potential applications of the Emotiv EEG, the data gathered from the EFG can be turned into a database in order to find correlations amongst large populations of people and to better cater to museum goers.
Art Amplified provides the museum patron greater access to contextual references for a piece of art. The use of augmented reality allows the overlay of a digital layer on the real world. This overlay connects the user to a wealth of contextual information. The power of this system lies in its ability to build on other systems, and thus create a robust network of information, which can be easily accessed through a variety of means.
Collabritique brings people together in a museum space to create a dialogue and foster collaboration by providing the tools necessary to help them reach a mutually agreeable opinion about a piece of art.
In this way, Collabritique not only promotes interaction and fosters new discussions and critiques about art, but also highlights the inherent connections created when artworks are juxtaposed. All this will provide a richer experience for the museum patron and a more satisfied customer for the museum.