National Museum of Nature & Science, Japan
Makoto Manabe is Chief Scientist/Curator for Fossil Reptiles and Birds at the National Museum of Nature & Science in Tokyo, Japan. Makoto has worked on many exhibition design for permanent and temporary exhibitions of dinosaurs at a number of Japanese museums. He is interested in the potential of mobile phones, iPad and tablets as both tour devices and a means of creating other types of connections between users and the museum. For further background see the collection of papers put together by Makoto and others on "Digital Technology in Japanese Museums" for the Journal of Museum Education (Vol. 32, No. 1, 2007).