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Centre Pompidou’s Teen Gallery lets young people test NFC

The new Teen Gallery at the Centre Pompidou modern and contemporary art museum in Paris allows young visitors to easily access and share location and multimedia information by touching an NFC mobile phone to tags located around the gallery.

The Pompidou cultural center in Paris

POMPIDOU CENTRE: Young visitors will borrow NFC phones to use as they tour the Teen Gallery

The Smart Muse Mobile NFC Tour project, first announced in October 2009, has now opened at the Teen Gallery in Paris’ Centre Pompidou modern and contemporary art museum.

Smart Muse enables young visitors to easily access and share location and time-specific multimedia information by touching an NFC phone to NFC tags located around the gallery. As well as providing access to information about exhibits, the tags also allow visitors to synchronize their location with friends who are also visiting the gallery. They can also simply touch mobile handsets together to share information and their experiences while at the gallery.

The Smart Muse system has been jointly developed by Inside Contactless, Connecthings and Sagem Wireless and has received funding from the French government. It uses Wave-Me technology, developed by Connecthings and Inside Contactless, to allow a single tag read to replace the complex series of keystrokes that would be required to achieve the same level of information access using a traditional computing device.

“The Centre Pompidou’s teen gallery is an ideal place to test a solution like Smart Muse,” says Inside’ Loic Hamon. “In addition to delivering information about exhibits, Smart Muse caters to younger consumers’ enthusiastic use of social media technologies through NFC-enabled mobile handset peering to share information and their experiences.”

• You can see a ‘teaser’ video of the system in action on the Connecthings website.

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