by Elsa Sidawy | 09.03.10
iPhone applications are gaining ground, especially in the very competitive tourist field, in which any new idea to make a difference constitutes a sizeable advantage. AudioGuidia is one of these intuitive and fun guides the popularity of which should increase thanks to the richness of its content, which is drawn from Wikipedia.
by Elsa Sidawy | 09.01.10
Fotopol has developed a novel tool, more a gadget than an essential item, which would be placed before the most frequented tourist sites. The fixed pole made of aluminum and steel can accommodate cameras and video cameras during the photo shoot.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.30.10
The project Locast Travel from the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Mobile Experience Lab is advancing augmented reality and the tourism experience by helping travelers plan their itinerary according to their interests, and making them both producers and consumers of content.
by Elsa Sidawy | 08.20.10
Southwark lovers have uncovered some juicy stories to amuse visitors passing through this part of London along the Thames. During London’s Festival of Architecture, Southwark was peppered with funny yellow signs telling visitors with phones connected to the Internet the neighborhood’s most interesting anecdotes.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.28.10
Orange and the Château of Versailles have joined forces to develop multimedia tours that cover the opulent grounds of Le Nôtre. In October 2009, 200 users first tested their new application “Versailles Gardens” developed for the iPhone.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 07.27.10
Julia has just been stolen of her horse and goes explore the Bresse countryside with her two friends, in search of her faithful battle steed. The young heroes go through the most famous places in the area and meet picturesque characters. Here is for the story framework. As for the pictures, they are inspired from the manga universe.
by Antoine Maudinet | 07.22.10
Imagine the English capital with buildings devastated by the Nazi bombardment, or the bustling docklands at the end of the 19th century. Londoners no longer need to imagine, at present they can see London through the ages at Streetmuseum.
by Elsa Sidawy | 07.09.10
When visiting cities, museums, and monuments, we have the unfortunate tendency to overlook some items that we had had sworn to pursue. Working closely with the city of Versailles, the Learning Club invented the concept of the neuro-visit, combining memory exercises and the (re) discovery of the city.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.16.10
New York, Shanghai, Florence, Barcelona, Paris or London, all these cities are worth a tour, but they also call for much more than that. They deserve long, meandering strolls and lingering stops at cafés and bars and for that, there’s nothing quite like being accompanied by a local in the know. The site Rent a Local Friend can put you in touch with locals who love their city, and who offer a different kind of traveling experience.
by Elsa Sidawy | 06.02.10
Les Baux de Provence, ranked among the 151 most beautiful villages in France, has embraced the power of the often lesser-privileged senses and adopted since September 2009 an audio guide created specially for visually impaired visitors.
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The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS have launched the project I Make Rotterdam, a spectacular temporary pedestrian bridge between the city’s Central and the North districts that will be financed through crowd-funding.
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Venezuela’s capital Caracas plans to manage its traffic flow in an unusual fashion. In addition to traffic police, 120 mimes dressed up as clowns were sent into the city’s streets. Their role? Curb the risky behavior of pedestrians and drivers, not by force or repression, but through silence.
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