Making Museums More Interesting via Maps and other Geospatial Innovation News

Gaetano Ling, an Imperial College London postgraduate, is using various technologies to make museums more ineresting and accessible to young people. One of his inventions is a gallery map.

Ling also developed a Harry Potter-style interactive map, made from heat activated material called thermochromatic film. Transistors embedded inside this film are electronically switched on by a computer when it senses, via the barcodes, that a user has seen all the artwork in a space. The transistors then heat up a new section of the thermochromatic film to reveal another part of the map, providing a pathway to a new gallery space for the map user to explore.

The new tools were created by Ling as part of his final project for the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) course, which is run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art (RCA). Students receive a joint MA (RCA) and MSc (Imperial) in Innovation Design Engineering after they have completed the 21 month course.

- Science 2.0

Inventor Stephen D. Heslin argues current mounts for GPS devices on windshield can cause drivers to be uncomfortable, annoyed and unsafe. They require drivers to lean forward to program the device. His new devices eliminate this need to reach by implementing a GPS Extender, a portable mounting bracket that brings the device 16 inches from the windshield. It's been licensed and Heslin is looking for a manufacturer. He expects to sell them widely - including to the military.

- Santa Barbara Indepedent

New digital devices, developed by researchers at Sony, don't just make distant views seem close, they actually video tape that view. It might be a view of rare birds, a ball game or a play. The GPS enbaled "Vinoculars", or video binoculars use two video camera to capture the views which can then be rewound and replayed for the capturer. The videos might also be sent to others.

I'm trying to think about how these could be use for geospatial data capture...

- MSN India

Published Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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