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Use the Mobile Phone As an Audio Tour Guide

Get more out of your trips by listening to tour guides on your phone.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to let comedian and actor Jerry Stiller take you on a tour of New York’s Lower East Side, the very neighborhood he grew up in? Wouldn’t it be great to hear, when you are on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a recording of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech that he gave on that same spot?

In many museums, historic sites, and parks, you can have such experiences by participating in self-guided audio tours. But often you have to wait in a long line to rent an audio guide device first, and then you have to figure out how all the buttons function before you can actually go on the tour. For many visitors, this is just too much of a hassle. And for museums and parks, it costs too much to manage and maintain all those devices. Many smaller museums and parks simply do not have enough funds or personnel to provide such tours. Consequently, visitors’ experiences become less informative and less engaging.


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