LOUVRE - DNP MUSEUM LAB
LOUVRE - DNP MUSEUM LAB
  • Museum Lab Scenes
  • Tokyo-Paris: Two LDMLs
Presentation organinzed by :
  • LOUVRE
  • DNP
First presentation: Themes and topics

First presentation : Théodore Géricault's painting A Carabineer Themes and topics : personalised information and collective consultation

Louvre - DNP Museum Lab aims to deliver new and original ways of looking at and discovering art for the widest possible public. The Louvre Museum and DNP have developed experimental tools designed to enhance visitors' aesthetic appreciation of the works on display, drawing on the latest information technology, and digital imaging. At the start of their visit, each visitor is equipped with a personal RFID ticket providing access to their individual choice of audio commentaries (personalisation), while at the same time sharing the information provided with other visitors within the listening zone (collective consultation).

A personalised information system currently available nowhere else in the world,  based on electronic RFID tags and wireless UHF (ultra high frequency) transmission.

Museum Lab uses RFID tags with WiFi UHF transmission for the simultaneous relay of personalized information. The system enables each visitor to be identified at a distance of several meters, as well as handling several RFID tags at once. Once the UHF reader has recognised an RFID tag, it retrieves the individual characteristics associated with that tag, from a central server. Audio data are then streamed to the RFID tag in question, making it possible to transmit information in three languages at once: Japanese, French and English.


Individual digital audio assistants, and the shared experience of a work of art.

During the first Museum Lab presentation, touch screens could be used by one person at a time, while visitors standing nearby were also able to hear their chosen audio commentary at the same time. In this way, visitors are free to consult the touch screens without “monopolizing” the available information: the commentaries they have chosen can be enjoyed by others waiting for their turn. The “bone 'phones”, which function by cranial resonance, are comfortable to wear and allow visitors to converse while also listening to the commentaries.

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