Technology Practice before the Multimedia Story Show in March

From March 4th through April 15th, the South Pine Cafe (in Grass Valley) will host a Following Deer Creek Multimedia Story Show.

What is a Multimedia Story Show?

It’s a display of traditional art pieces, and digital designs printed on clothing and housewares accompanied by QR codes linking to web pages for each subject.

When planning for a multimedia show, the producer must ensure visitors understand how to use technology to get the most out of it.

In this case, QR codes are posted along with each type of media on display. To read a QR code, a smartphone camera optically analyzes the black and white square shape, then directly links to the web page where additional information, along with curated documentaries await the curious.

A variety of phone apps will accomplish similar things, for example, QR Readers, and Bar Code Scanners both use the phone camera to analyze a QR (Quick Response) and bar codes. Because Google Lens performs those functions AND identifies plants and animals, translates foreign languages, serves up book information, and a variety of other services, it’s Lisa’s top choice for scanning apps.

By expanding capabilities of devices we already use on a daily basis (the phone camera), Google is soft teaching us to use artificial intelligence (machine learning) and augmented reality.

“It’s quite fun!” says Redfern. “It’s not always exact, but it’s close enough to be interesting.”

Practice Using New Technology Before the Show

As Lisa was testing the user instructions she plans to display at the show, several test subjects requested that she post tutorials on the blog so new users have time to practice before March 4th.

Click here to visit the YouTube How-To playlist

 

Resources:

Android Guys – Ten awesome things you can do with Google Lens

c|net – Google Lens is turning into what Google Glass never was

Google Lens

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