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Sensors 2013, 13(12), 17445-17471; doi:10.3390/s131217445
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MusA: Using Indoor Positioning and Navigation to Enhance Cultural Experiences in a Museum

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Department of Control and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic of Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Received: 17 October 2013 / Revised: 29 November 2013 / Accepted: 10 December 2013 / Published: 17 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of multimedia mobile guides in museum environments. Mobile devices have the capabilities to detect the user context and to provide pieces of information suitable to help visitors discover and follow the logical and emotional connections that develop during the visit. In this scenario, location based services (LBS) currently represent an asset, and the choice of the technology to determine users’ position, combined with the definition of methods that can effectively convey information, become key issues in the design process. In this work, we present Museum Assistant (MusA), a general framework for the development of multimedia interactive guides for mobile devices. Its main feature is a vision-based indoor positioning system that allows the provision of several LBS, from way-finding to the contextualized communication of cultural contents, aimed at providing a meaningful exploration of exhibits according to visitors’ personal interest and curiosity. Starting from the thorough description of the system architecture, the article presents the implementation of two mobile guides, developed to respectively address adults and children, and discusses the evaluation of the user experience and the visitors’ appreciation of these applications.
Keywords: marker recognition; indoor positioning; navigation system; indoor LBS; mobile guides; multimedia; context-awareness marker recognition; indoor positioning; navigation system; indoor LBS; mobile guides; multimedia; context-awareness
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Rubino, I.; Xhembulla, J.; Martina, A.; Bottino, A.; Malnati, G. MusA: Using Indoor Positioning and Navigation to Enhance Cultural Experiences in a Museum. Sensors 2013, 13, 17445-17471.

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