A reminder that war can weather us

As I’m digging through pictures from my New Orleans trip, I was reminded by the experience at the WW II Museum. It was sombering to see artifacts from yesteryear and to be reminded of the tragedies and triumphs we learned in high school history class.

Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Antonio Gurvera, Jr.’s customized canvas shell jacket. He drew an image of his submarine, USS Jallao (SS-368).

The museum itself was nicely organized by regions of the world. When you go through the museum you get an overview about the main players in the region. As you progress through the region, details of uniforms, tools, weapons, etc are on display. I personally enjoy seeing things like notebooks and clothes that were customize to identify individuals.

Here’s the first kiosk you would tap your RFID. I was assigned Mike Mervosh, a combat infantryman. While my visit, I was able to learn about his journey as a US soldier.

Now why am I blogging about a museum when this is a consulting blog? I truly appreciated the adoption of RFIDs to provide visitors (users) an individual experience. When you purchase your admission, the great staff provides you a card with an RFID. You’re assigned a soldier’s story and throughout the museum are kiosks to follow his/her story. I sincerely believe this is an awesome, awesome use of technology to educate ourselves not only in the context of nations but individual human beings. A way that technology is progressing not only technically but with human empathy.

Have you been to museums that take advantage of technology, providing unique experience to visitors? Would love to hear your story. Feel free to holler @ me through email by clicking here.

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