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Mia's high-tech 'Divining Rod' guides visitors to their favorite works of art

"Like" or "dislike" pieces and it'll guide you to your favorites.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is getting a new high-tech device to help visitors find and discover favorite works of art. 

It's called the "Divining Rod," after those ancient tools used to find underground water or valuable materials. And it works kind of the same way, with a Tinder-like twist. 

Mia guests will be able to use the devices as they walk around. Just mosey up to a piece of art and scan the colored label next to it. Then you can hit the little "+" sign if you like the piece, or the "-" sign if you don't. 

Then the magic happens and the location-sensing device will guide you to more art that it thinks you'll enjoy based on your likes and dislikes. See it in action here.

Co-creator Molly Reichert says she hopes the device gives people a more personalized museum experience, leading them in unlikely directions to unexpected artworks or ones they hadn’t noticed before.

OK, now where do I find them?

The "Divining Rod" will be available starting Oct. 19 on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

You'll be able to check them out at their kiosk on the third floor.

It won an art and tech award

The creators of this device – Molly Reichert and Ben Arcand – were also last year's winners of the museum's 3M Art and Technology Award competition. It recognizes artistry and innovation among those working in the field of technology.

The Twin Cities creators were awarded $25,000 in prize money, plus $25,000 to help them develop the device.

For more information on the competition and to register, click here.

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