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to respond to different profiles and needs. Ready-made solutions for this simply do not
exist. From a psychological point of view, the skills required will change along with the
rapid development of the technology.This is perhaps the greatest challenge to the designers
and content providers in terms of harnessing the power of mobile devices at any given time,
while simultaneously ensuring as far as possible that the solutions proposed are not so tied
to a particular software or hardware solution that they will quickly become obsolete.
A study completed in 2002 into how wireless computing is perceived in the museum
setting stressed that issues related to interfaces and location-sensitive applications are
considered most important by museum patrons and wireless systems designers alike.
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Museum professionals considered the administrative functions of the technology to be
most important. Given the differing concerns of the three groups involved, this is not
overly surprising. Since the introduction of new technologies inevitably precedes a solid
understanding of the tools currently on offer (and their specific features), it will take time
and an increase in the number of organisations offering wireless access in order to reach
a consensus.The flexible nature of the technology means that it should be able to meet
both requirements.
Mobile Access to
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176 Gay, G., Spinazze, A. and Stefanone, M. (2002),"Handscape: Exploring potential use scenarios for mobile
computing in museums" in Cultivate Interactive, Issue 8, November 2002:
http://www.cultivate-int.org/issue8/handscape/
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