Lonely Planet Writer

San Francisco art museum will let your Apple Watch be your audio guide

A fine art museum in the US will let you put down that bulky audio guide headset and let your Apple Watch be your new personal tour guide.

The de Young Museum in San Francisco previously unveiled an official iPhone app in collaboration with Guidekick. The app takes advantage of Apple’s indoor positioning technology, which acts like a GPS, to figure out where you are and what you’re looking at. It then lets your phone act as a personal tour guide, offering thematic tours of the museum’s permanent collection with images and audio.

Location-aware alerts notify users when they pass by important pieces, without the user having to type a number or scan a code. The user just puts their phone to their ear, which plays the recording as though they were on a phone call.

The museum has now added the ability to the Apple Watch, according to CNN Money. Museum-goers will be alerted with a vibration on their watch when they arrive at an important display. They can tap the watch, put in their headphones, and hear an audio component.

The museum’s current special exhibition is called Oscar de la Renta: the Retrospective, featuring items form the famed fashion designer’s work.