New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announced Audio+ this week, a mobile audio guide that works on your smartphone and is set to replace the museum’s old standalone audio guides. The program is funded by tech-friendly Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is free for all visitors.
Audio+ offers the same features you’d expect from a traditional audio guide, including information about the art and museum maps, but also adds a few extra perks, including a built-in camera that lets you visually bookmark your favorite pieces of art and create a route through the museum for return visits. In the future, you’ll be able to use the app to experience the MoMA digitally without ever actually visiting in person.
For now, Audio+ is only available on the MoMA’s own fleet of iPod touches, which visitors can rent as part of a beta test. It’s been a success so far, with over 700,000 photos already saved to the platform. In the near future, the app will be available for iOS and Android devices, though there’s no set date for when that will happen.