Louvre replacing audio-guides with 3DS

From March 2012 the Louvre Museum in Paris will begin replacing its existing audio-guides with 3DS consoles.

The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, attracting 8.5 million visitors annually, but just four per cent of these make use of the available guides. By offering familiar technology instead, museum officials hope to boost the number.

Nintendo is supplying 5000 3DS units to the museum and has developed the content in collaboration with the Louvre.

Users will be able to locate themselves within the building, select themed itineraries for adults or children and learn about the various works on display throgh extensive recorded commentaries in several different languages.

"Digital development has become a strategic issue for museums," Louvre director Henri Loyrette said. "People's habits have changed. But that offers us a huge opportunity to extend the museum's territory, and build a lasting relationship with our visitors."

Updated smartphone and tablet apps are also in development which will enable users, through paid-for content, to plan their next visit.

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