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Tour Guide: You

Technology chips away at the barrier between curators and curated.

January 2014

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The days of renting clunky headphones for a digital audio tour are numbered.

Google recently released a Google Glass version of its free Field Trip app, which allows anyone to create and post a guided tour — whether it’s of a cultural attraction or a local neighborhood. It’s a pairing that goes nicely with Google Art Project, which already allows you to take virtual tours of more than 17 of the world’s leading museums — from Versailles to MoMa — using Google Street View. You don’t even have to leave your couch.

Still crave the real thing? A start-up called Museum Hack is now offering alternative tours of major museums, including the Met, with surprises around every corner.

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