Monday, August 6, 2018

App Enhanced Experiences

I love discovering new apps for my iPhone!  While I am always interested in new games, I especially like finding new apps that make experiences more enjoyable.  When we were in Santa Fe, New Mexico this summer, we went to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had an app you could use as you went through the museum.  It provided lots of information about the paintings and the artist that greatly enhanced the experience.  The Minneapolis Institute of Art also has an app for this purpose.  I particularly like using my own headphones as I explore the gallery!

I was recently at a local baseball game for the Saint Paul Saints at their brand new stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota.  As I arrived at my seat, I noticed a flyer in the drink cup advertising an app to use during ball games.  Of course, I had to try it out!  There was a play-by-play information feed so you knew who was at bat as well as standings in the league.  There was also a schedule of future games with a link to buy tickets.  These were great, but there was an even better function!

There was a way to order food and drinks to be delivered to you.  You entered your section and seat number, payment information, and your order.  While you were sitting enjoying the game, someone arrived with your order and a tablet that told them where the order should be delivered.  This was a great idea!  You'd still have vendors in the aisles, but this was one-stop shopping at your fingertips.

I hope that we see more apps that serve to enhance social and artistic venues.  It certainly makes these experiences more enjoyable.  I love finding apps in new places!  I'd be interested in hearing about new places you've discovered apps that enhanced your experience.

Have you found your Tech Joy today?


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