anyone who has attended a blockbuster exhibition knows that the scrummages around information cards often make it impossible to read about the paintings on show.
But the need for sharp elbows at art galleries could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Google Glass spectacles and pioneering research being carried out by British scientists.
A team from
The George Stubbs painting Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians at
The wearer uses the spectacles to take a picture of the painting. It is recognised by Google Glass, which provides them with the artwork information they would usually read on the wall. Audio information about Stubbs, the 17th century English artist best known for his paintings of horses, is also available for the wearer to select.
A university spokeswoman said the early responses to the trial had been positive. "The testers were made up of a mix of art gallery goers who decided to take part on the day and techies who'd seen a call-out on Twitter. They were all ages, genders and occupations. After a bit of getting used to the Glass, they all seemed to have fun with it and gave us some great feedback."
The project was dreamed up following a visit from the
Further testing for the
Another potential use is sharing information within groups of visitors, so friends can recommend paintings to each other while in different rooms.
"I think Google Glass is going to be huge in every industry. If you're looking at a guidebook or even your phone, that creates a barrier between you and the art - it makes it harder for you to engage," he said.
"Using Glass in this way removes that barrier. You can engage directly with the artworks and have access to the background information. It will really enrich the experience.
"Wearables - whether that's Google Glass, watches or even clothing - are going to be the future of tourism."
Further plans for the project include testing the technology on sculptures and three-dimensional works. Jung said: "Manchester was the home of the Industrial Revolution, so it's right that it could be a part of the digital revolution as well." - The Independent
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