I came across a fascinating website, mscape, that allows the creation of virtual learning environments that are then brought into the physical world through the use of a GPS enabled PDA. After finding a large area, such as a field, the user walks around the field triggering videos, images, sounds, and events through their PDA.
The site includes software for creating these kinesthetic experiences. It looks like some of these are location specific, but most are generic enough to be experienced anywhere. From the huge list of projects, here are a few:
- A Walk to the park in Shanghai
- St Fagan’s National History Museum
- Thailand’s first GPS-guided audio tour
Unfortunately the mscape website is being phased out, but I was able to discover that calvium is working to fill the void. mscape is only compatible with a short list of devices, where calvium is intended to work with more modern devices such as the iPhone. This is definitely something worth keeping tabs on!
Here is a short demo of what the mscape experience is like:http://wiki.mscapers.com/bin/view/Main/HowMediascapesWork