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App Insights

Split narratives: How heritage apps challenge perception

Jo Morrison,

In history, perspective is everything. In H. E. Marshall’s classic Our Island Story, Oliver Cromwell is very much the Civil War hero, with King Charles I portrayed as a most unlikeable character. In Children of the New Forest, however, you’ll find four orphaned children whose house is burned down by…

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Heritage

Why the heritage sector’s real challenge is emotional connection

Jo Morrison,

After director George Lucas’ debut movie THX-1138 flopped at the box office, Francis Ford Coppola told him the problem was a lack of emotional engagement of his audience. Lucas, rather cynically, said: “Emotionally involving the audience is easy. Anybody can do it blindfolded, get a little kitten and have some…

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App Insights Mobile Technology

React Native or web-based apps: Which is better?

Jo Morrison,

App development demands choices. Are we building a downloadable app for iOS or Android – or a web-based app that can run on any device? This question isn’t solely about compatibility or user base (although they’re definitely factors to consider) – there are rumblings of disquiet from online commentators about…

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App Insights News

Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC: Key takeaways

Jo Morrison,

For those not in the know, Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC are the year’s definitive app tech events. The two biggest players in the industry set out their roadmaps, and – with virtually all app engineers designing for their operating systems – the rest of the industry follows. Last year,…

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Engineering Mobile Technology

Industry 4.0: How the IoT has revolutionised manufacturing

Alumni: Charlie Harman,

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together”, says British industrial engineer Sir James Dyson. “It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” When it comes to these three key pillars of engineering design, few innovations have proved as revolutionary as The…

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Digital Placemaking Research

Defining Digital Placemaking for Porth Teigr

Alumni: Louise Hobson,

We’re excited to be embarking on a new R&D Digital Placemaking project in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay – one of Europe’s most significant waterfront development projects led by igloo and the Welsh Government. Physical spaces can no longer be separated from their digital dimensions – cities have become hybrid spaces…

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App Insights Heritage Research

WHITE PAPER: The Lost Palace: Optimising digital innovation for cultural heritage institutions

Jo Morrison,

‘The Lost Palace’ is a collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces, theatre makers Uninvited Guests, interaction designers Chomko & Rosier and us, creative technologists and app developers, Calvium. Using a combination of bespoke handheld devices, binaural 3D sound and haptic technology, visitors are led on an immersive adventure that allows them…

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Matthew Tyler-Jones

Heritage

Interview: National Trust user experience expert Matthew Tyler-Jones

Alumni: Charlie Harman,

Matthew Tyler-Jones is a National Trust consultant, specialising in visitor experiences. He’s also a PhD researcher at Southampton University, working with digital augmentations to visitor experiences and specialising in narrative techniques drawn from computer gaming. He blogs, at Meme Technology, and he’ll be speaking at the Academy of Marketing’s E-marketing…

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