March 19, 2015 5:04 pm

Canadian Museum for Human Rights releases new app


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WINNIPEG — A new interactive app allows you to have your very own tour guide in your smart phone.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights released their mobile app Thursday afternoon. It includes a self guided audio tour and other extra features such as videos, photos and maps.

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The app uses Bluetooth iBeacons to communicate with 120 Universal Access Points scattered throughout the museum. This is the first use of this technology in Canada according to the museum.

Apps similar to this are being used in other museums around the world including the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian.

When you’re in an exhibit the app also asks you to show your mood with the “mood meter” and shares that information with other visitors.

For visitors who are blind or have low vision, the app pulls information about the exhibit from the Universal Access Points and relays that information to the phone.

The free app can be downloaded to iOS or Android devices and is available in English, French, American Sign Language and Langue des signes quebecoise.

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