Assignment 5 – Rickert

*My answer for this concept assignment was thought of during class together by Jason and me, so we have the same idea.

Many museums, especially those with old/expensive/famous paintings do not allow visitors to touch or take flash photography of the artwork. This is because the oil on our hands and the flash of the camera would easily damage these rare artifacts.

There security systems they have now are human guards being physically in the room, cameras watching these pieces, or alarms that go off when a hand reaches over a certain point.

However, Jason and I wonder how efficient these methods are and if they are necessary. Are people actually trying to touch and take flash photos of these paintings? Are the security systems currently in place helping, or just wasting money and manpower? Many times people can pul something off, like touching the painting, without being seen by anyone.

We thought of using two sensors, the Mini Photocell and the ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor, to gather data and answer these questions. The Mini Photocell senses intense changes in light (including flashes) and the Distance and Gesture Sensor records movement (including hands sliding past it). We could hide these sensors the necessary distance from the artwork and test the concepts above. We would have a controlled test where all guards, cameras, and alarms are taken out of the room and record how many people take flash photography and touch the paining with just the “No touching, no flash photography” signs. For the second test we would bring back the security systems that were in place and compare the number of people breaking the rules to see if the guards, cameras, and alarms actually help.