Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Clayton Lewis

Second Advisor

Dirk Grunwald

Third Advisor

Richard Han


The present capabilities of smartphone devices provide users with novel ways to interact with the world around them and retrieve information about it. This thesis explores how these capabilities may be extended in order to enhance the experience of museum visitors and simultaneously provide museums with valuable data about their visitors. Outlined in this thesis are the overall design and constraints of a system that pairs radio frequency technology with smartphone devices. The author created a proof of concept prototype which provides a foundation from which to develop the full-scale system.