An app to automatically construct a rich timeline of a museum visit
There are apps (like Moves) which automatically construct a timeline of your day—where you went, how long you spent there, what path you took. It would be neat to have something similar after a museum visit. That would free you to focus on the physical artworks during the visit. But afterwards an automatically constructed timeline would recall what you saw, highlighting what you spent most time looking at, and what path you took through the museum floor plan. The timeline should include photos of each artwork, a hypertexted museum label, how long you spent looking at it. The app should make it easy to share an artwork with friends and to delve deeper into a work which interested you, or to reread a detail from a museum label you forgot or didn’t quite grok at the time. Perhaps one could even send a curator a follow-up question!
The app could also construct alternative representations of your visit. A cartogram illustrating what cultures you spent most time immersed in. A graph showing your meandering journey through time. A wordcloud [hyperlinked to Wikipedia] of keywords associated with the works you spent most time looking at.
Whoever uploaded the Walters Indoor Google Map can improve location accuracy within the museum by wandering around it with the Google Floor Plan Marker app:
For the app to work, it would need to figure out not only which floor you’re on but which artwork within a given room you’re looking at.
This seems doable, using machine learning to analyze amalgamated data from many users’ wifi antennae, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers. [Yes, the last is apparently surprisingly useful for indoor positioning.]
The tech giants are working on all this, cf. Apple’s acquisition of WiFiSlam:
and Indoor Google Maps:
Although the Walters isn’t listed on:
it does appear to have an Indoor Google Map. [Is it unofficial?]
Allegedly Indoor Google Maps can work out what floor you’re on but I have not tried it.
Would an app like this be able to know when you're on multiple floors of the same building?