If you visit the National Museum of Singapore, you can get your very own Chinese Companion. Sorry, this one won't make moo eyes at you--instead, it speaks in an electronic voice and is programmed to give visitors access to videos and reading materials on the relevant artifacts and topics in the museum. The National Museum of Singapore claims it is the first and only museum in Southeast Asia, for now, to incorporate an interactive handheld companion to complement its exhibits.
The handheld personal guide, which was developed by Canadian firm GSM, is part of the Companion project which involved around two years of conceptualization and research and up to 6 translators and 35 voice actors. The museum says the device contains more than 9 hours of audio and video footage and covers a period ranging from the 14th century to 1972. Operating is as simple as keying in the numbers found at the various sections in the History Gallery. An English Companion has already been introduced earlier, with plans for Malay and Japanese Companions later in the year.
The device has 32MB of onboard flash memory and 64MB of RAM, running on Windows CE 5.0. Onboard storage can be extended to 4GB via the CompactFlash card slot for a maximum of 250 hours of audio content. The screen is a 4.3-inch, 16bit-color TFT with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. In addition to infrared, the handheld also features RF technology that automatically triggers the relevant content via proximity.
(Source: Crave Asia)