Archinect - News 2014-12-21T16:33:51-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T15:23:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7pyl0r91mpu0kpk.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As virtual access to art collections expands through online walk-throughs and projects like Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.google.com/opengallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Gallery</a>, museums have long been experimenting within their own halls with ways to accommodate a wider range of visitors,&nbsp;particularly those with disabilities. Historically, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museums have been leaders in the field of accessible institutional design</a>, whether through improvised additions or new technology. In a collaboration between the <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> and Parsons The New School for Design, students in the <a href="http://amt.parsons.edu/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Art, Media, and Technology</a> have focused on how both physical and online resources can optimize the museum experience for people with disabilities.</p> <p> Working under the <a href="http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design and Technology masters program</a> and alongside education specialists at the Met, Parsons&rsquo; students spent the last semester designing a host of physical and digital tools to not only make museum resources more accessible, but to serve and benefit the public at large. Their work, including a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80158350/magical-sesame-ring-opens-gates-of-public-transit Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-25T00:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:16:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yp/yp0213b8c177zd7o.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The days of rummaging frantically for the card that gets us onto public transit may be over. A team of engineers from MIT has created the 3D-printed "Sesame Ring," which has an embedded RFID tag that lets you tap it to a RFID-based fare reader and hop on.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Syncing public transit and wearable technology, the waterproof Sesame Ring can be used in place of the Charlie Card, Boston's mass transit smart card. Available in customizable colors and sizes, the first batch of $17 rings have already sold out, but their <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1066401427/sesame-ring-where-will-it-take-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> will ensure that you get yours by Christmas.</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More 3D-printing technology from MIT</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80147884/live-in-your-sneakers-mobile-housing-s-next-step" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wearable architecture</a> to go with your Sesame Ring.</p>