Nintendos at the Louvre
So after class today when we talked about exhibits at the Smithsonian museums, and how scientists have to find a balance between factual and intriguing, I found this article about Nintendo 3DSes being used at museums in France! For $6.50 you can rent a Nintendo 3DS for a few hours, and it provides a 3-D interactive map as well as an audio guided tour. It has a built in GPS to tell you exactly where you are, and figure out where you need to go.
While obviously not groundbreaking technology, I thought it was fascinating how they are now incorporating something so modern and technical into one of the most famous museums in the world, with works of art that are hundreds of years old. It’s a weird mix of past and present! I went to the Louvre a couple years ago, and the thought of hundreds of people strolling around with their Nintendo 3Ds just seems a bit odd to me. Anyway, I thought it was an interesting story that definitely relates to what we were talking about in class today. Even though the Nintendos aren’t exactly an exhibit, I believe it was a way for the museum to gain more interest from people, especially kids, and to incorporate new technology into an “ancient” place.