Thanks for the contemporary archaeology. The posting on MCN, the pics and clip etc! I also think it’s interesting from the point of view of sponsors and sponsorship relations between museums and large corporations, in the placement and promotion of technological products. I didn’t know that Philips also invented the audio cassette tape in 1963, the home VCR player in ’72…um, and the CD in 1980 (a bit familiar!), all very fine platforms which of course haven’t been strangers in the world of museums… Corporations still throw a keen eye on museums (well, maybe not in times of very deep recession). I read an article, that in the late 90′s a group in a large European car company’s IT division were toying with ideas of developing a kind of CMS! (which I don’t think ever became anything) Museums as part-public testbed / part corporate-public goodwill effort?
A fantastic post Loic, but I’d love to see the clip of people using the technology. Does anyone have a link to where it can be found? I find it really intriguing how the museum took such a brave step forward to introduce something which is now so integral to both museums’ research and also the visitors’ experience.
I was just rereading this post – the Stedelijk Museum tour is such an important part of mobile history, and Loic’s insights are important in understanding both the past and the potential of mobile in museums. I think the founding relationship between accessibility and mobile in museums is critical, and will continued to inspire some of the most innovative uses of mobile platforms as well as transformative applications of universal design.