Implementing IoT Solutions in the Arts


The Internet of Things is still a relatively new concept for many consumers, but its reach is expected to expand to over 80 million units by 2020, showing how quickly the market is growing. The IoT has most often been associated with applications in personal and business settings, with each Android and iOS mobile app development agency vying to launch the next great IoT compatible product.

But, the IoT doesn’t just have to relate to smart home software or linked devices. It also has many practical uses in the arts, only some of which have been explored.

IoT Technology in Smart Sculptures

Smart sculptures are likely the most well-known example of IoT implementation in an artistic context, with many existing sculptures utilizing the technology in a variety of creative ways. These installations can receive and react to information provided by the Internet of Things. This serves to build a dynamic piece that can change in real-time.

The First Thinking Sculpture, for example, was designed by a team of architectural designers and utilized IBM’s Watson to achieve IoT implementation. Using a range of data including sources like song lyrics and images, it was able to contribute to its own design and continues to update in response to real-time information.

Digital Sales

In contrast to the traditional gift shop experience (which remains extremely profitable), the Internet of Things makes it possible to sell merchandise via a digital platform. By connecting a unique profile to each piece, museums are able to suggest items by a given artist that a visitor may be interested in.

Protecting Pieces

Artistic works require careful planning and care to be preserved over a long period of time, and the Internet of Things can help automate and streamline that process while increasing reliability. Changes in temperature, humidity, lighting, and more can be easily detected and responded to by IoT technology.

Monitoring Movement

Museums can already determine how many visitors they’re receiving in a given amount of time, or the number of tickets sold for special exhibitions, but it’s more difficult to tell which exhibits are the most popular and which may need to be rotated out.

Using wireless beacons along with an application dedicated to a museum, managers can monitor app users and their progression through the space. This can also help improve museum security by tracking movement in closed areas and during off hours, alerting guards in case of anything suspicious.

Internet of Things technology is still in the early stages of development and implementation, not to mention awareness, yet it’s already providing exciting examples of its potential. These are just a few of the most anticipated applications of IoT devices in the arts. Look for innovative new solutions to be created in the near future!

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