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The Science Museum of Virginia used to be an active train station, known as Broad Street Station. The building itself has since been radically renovated and contains a vast history of important visitors and events. The Science Museum has hundreds of beautiful photos from throughout the building’s lifespan, however the average visitor to the museum might not even realize that the museum was once a train station. The goal of this project was to present these photographs in a “story” format as the user is traveling through the museum. This is accomplished with Bluetooth beacons (Estimotes), placed in relevant locations around the museum to relate that location with a photo story. An Android application is linked to the beacons, which will notify visitors as they enter a beacon’s range. The stories themselves are managed in a WordPress website, for ease of content management and so that those who do not want to use the app may view the photos outside of the museum, at their leisure. The app pulls in the posts from the website, which are each linked to their own beacon.

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Bluetooth, Android, History, Science Museum


Computer Engineering | Engineering

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Dr. Robert Dahlberg

VCU Capstone Design Expo Posters


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Date of Submission

May 2018

Spirit of Broad Street Station