Electronic Guidebook Research Project

About the Project

About the Exploratorium
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Who was the Guidebook designed for?
How does the Guidebook system operate?
User Interface
How do people use the Guidebook?
What kinds of information does the Guidebook present?
  How did we test the Guidebookís use and effectiveness?
More Studies
  How did Explainers respond to Wi-Fi–enabled handhelds?
The Exploratorium is a large, open space populated with hands-on science exhibits. The building's free-form, workshop-like structure contains several hundred exhibits, which frequently rotate on and off the floor. Users of all ages and scientific knowledge roam from exhibit to exhibit, manipulating the apparatuses, reading information mounted on labels, and occasionally consulting "explainers"-museum guides who explain the exhibits' operation and the scientific phenomena behind them. The Exploratorium is an ideal setting for exploring the use of nomadic computing tools because it is an environment rich in physical artifacts and is explored by mobile users.
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