#Canada; #Science&TechnologyMuseum; #ArtifactAlley, #AugmentedAlleyApp, #ISpyGame
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Situated in 1867 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) originally opened in 1967, and then closed its doors to the public for three years after an $80.5-million was invested for the renewal of its entire building, which reopened to the public in ovember 17, 2017 with a fresh chapter, CSTM reports said.
Canada Science and Technology Museum. Image credit: Ingenium website
The completely redesigned space of the new museum encompasses more than 7,400 square meters (80,000 sq. ft.), including a temporary exhibition hall to accommodate travelling exhibitions from around the world.
Besides locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen, the visitors were attracted towards more artifacts and interactives of the new museum which tells Canada’s innovation story in an immersive, educational, and fun way.
Visitors are invited through curiosity, observation, and creativity to discover, play, and experience how people have made Canada and continue to shape its future. The museum’s 11 exhibitions, the demonstration stage, or tinker in Exploratek, people will realize that they will become a part of Canada’s story of science, technology, and innovation.
CSTM is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Wed through Saturday and houses both Temporary Exhibitions and Permanent Exhibition.
In this story I would be talking about the Permanent Exhibition.
Permanent Exhibition's chief features are: Artifact Alley, Augmented Alley App, I-Spy Game,
Artifact Alley is the dazzling centre hall of the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Encompassing eight distinctly-themed cases and the Demo Stage, Artifact Alley is the museum’s backbone. More than 700 artifacts are on display – arranged as stand-alone pieces or in artful groups. Visitors will experience an immersive winter scene, take the wheel of a ship, and see how science and technology figure into our daily lives. Get hands-on with real woodworking tools, discover old technologies that can now be found as apps on a smartphone, take command of a sci-fi spacecraft, and more!
Augmented Alley App which can be downloaded free before you explore the museum and facilitates you to scan the artifacts as you visit the museum.
Iconic Canadian treasures give a glimpse of how they would have worked at the time. Beautiful animations and stunning augmented reality brings life to these artifacts and let you experience vintage footage, hear retro music, and be transported to the recent past!
Augmented Alley is a window into one of Canada’s most extensive historical collections and lets you relive old memories … or make new ones, sharing the novelty of a rotary phone, a record player, or a typewriter.
The real artifacts on display can be compared to detailed, true-to-life illustrations in-app that bring to light surprising details and stories of the featured artifacts
Main Features are 13 unique artifact experiences to unlock, Exciting mix of AR experiences and interactive animations, 3D SLAM-based markerless object recognition, Fun factsheets with pop-up features and artifact details, and True-to-life artifact renderings
#Ottawa; #COVIDAlertGlitch; #ExposureNotification; #GooglePlayStore; #AppleAppStore
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's COVID Alert app glitch, that left some Canadian users without exposure notifications for much of November, was fixed last week by the developers, media reports said.
Covid Alert app. Image credit: Twitter handle
A glitch in the COVID Alert prevented the app from checking for potential exposure to the coronavirus on certain devices for at least two weeks in November.
An update to the app released on Nov. 23 said it would fix a "bug causing gaps in exposure checks for some users."
The uncertainty of the number of people who missed exposure notifications due to the glitch, raises the prospect that certain people were not advised to self-isolate or seek a COVID-19 test in a timely manner, presumably delaying diagnosis.
This episode highlights how the app could provide users with a false sense of security, said Kelly Bronson, a Canada Research Chair in science and society and serves on the Global Pandemic App Watch program at the University of Ottawa, which tracks the uptake of similar tools around the world, pointed out "automation bias" -- human tendency to rely on automated decision-making, which can reduce personal vigilance and warned that the apps
"are not a panacea."
"I think it's really important that people know the limitations of these technologies," she said, CBC News reported.
The process of receipt by a smartphone codes from a central server of exposure to Covid 19 is supposed to take place several times a day.
Several users said on the social media that their devices did not show any exposure checks from Nov. 9 to 23 .
The problem was presumably first been reported by commenters in the Google Play Store as early as Nov. 12 "I noticed today that COVID Alert has done no exposure checks for the last two weeks," a user wrote in Apple's App Store on Nov. 20. "What good is this?," reported by CBC News.
Users of Android devices are requested to check their the Google Play App Store, and users of iPhones should check with their Apple's App Store to ensure their Covid19 Alert app is updated.