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Entries from April 30th, 2010

Tracking what gets ‘used’

April 30th, 2010 Comments Off on Tracking what gets ‘used’

Theres been a fair bit of excitement around the traps today about the revealing of Amazon’s tracking of highlighting on their Kindle devices. In fact this sort of interaction tracking has been going on on the web for quite a while – but the Kindle example is one of the first where this data is […]


Short report on Museums and the Web 2010, Denver

April 27th, 2010 1 Comment

Denver is a very high altitude city. One mile up, many of the conference attendees suffered from altitude sickness – especially those who had flown directly into such a high altitude. This year’s conference was slightly different to previous years. Session formats had changed ever so slightly and the conference venue had had to split […]


First impression of the iPad (and museum possibilities)

April 26th, 2010 4 Comments

Here’s something I wrote about the iPad on the flight back from Museums and the Web 2010. I promise a full conference rundown later. – I’ve just spent about 24 hours sitting in a confined airline seat playing with an iPad. I picked up one in New York on the day before flying out and […]


Why a touch interface matters

April 20th, 2010 4 Comments

A shorter, more folksy interlude post – the kind I used to do more of when this blog first started nearly 5 years ago (only a few more days until the blog turns 5!). Over dinner a few nights ago at Museums & the Web I was sitting with Kevin von Appen from the Ontario […]


Subject or photographer location? Changing contexts of geotagged images in AR applications

April 20th, 2010 2 Comments

If you’ve tried the Powerhouse Museum layer in Layar in the past few days on the streets of Sydney you may have noticed some odd quirks. Let’s say you are in Haymarket standing right here. You open Layar and it tells you that where you are standing is the location of the following image. Now […]


New version of Powerhouse Museum in Layar : augmented reality browsing of museum photos around Sydney

April 16th, 2010 Comments Off on New version of Powerhouse Museum in Layar : augmented reality browsing of museum photos around Sydney

Last year we trialled Layar for the display of historical photos of Sydney from the collection. At the time Layar was not all that stable and our content was mixed in with those of others. Now the application is more stable and our layer in Layar is discoverable simply by searching ‘Powerhouse Museum’ in the […]