Demo Hour

XXVI.5 September-October 2019
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Dick van Dijk, Nick Dulake, Daniela Petrelli, Mark Marshall, Hub Kockelkorn, Elena Not, Dario Cavada, Stefano Maule, Anna Pisetti, Adriano Venturini

back to top  1. The Loupe

The Loupe resembles a magnifying glass. It is made of a round wooden frame that conceals a mobile phone. Visitors use the Loupe to discover more about objects on display. The Loupe shows an outline of a heritage object on the screen. The visitor then looks for that outline in their surroundings. When a real-life object and its outline match, the augmented reality app on the phone recognizes which content needs to be displayed. The visitor then tilts the Loupe to get more content or shakes it to move on to the next object. A new outline of an object is displayed as a suggestion for the visitor to continue.

Van der Vaart, M. and Damala, A. Through the Loupe: Visitor engagement with a primarily text-based handheld AR application. Proc. of Digital Heritage 2015. IEEE, 2015.

Damala, A., Hornecker, E., van der Vaart, M., van Dijk, D., and Ruthven, I. The Loupe: Tangible augmented reality for learning to look at Ancient Greek art. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 16, 5 (2016), 73–85.

Dick van Dijk, Waag Technology & Society

ins01.gif A visitor uses the Loupe to look for the matching shape on the ceiling.
ins02.gif When the user points the Loupe at the vase, the AR app detects the right shape and displays the graphics and text.
ins03.gif Tilting the Loupe displays the outline of the next object to seek.

back to top  2. My Roman Pantheon

My Roman Pantheon is an interactive installation that invites visitors to take part in the Roman religion and its practices. At the entrance, visitors stop at the shrine of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods, to collect a votive lamp. Juno gives them three lights as offerings. Inside the museum, the visitor must carefully choose, among 13 deities, which three will receive their offerings. This will determine the visitor's future on Hadrian's Wall. On leaving, the visitor returns the votive lamp to Juno and receives an oracle with their future based on the choices they made.

Petrelli, D., Dulake, N., Marshall, M., Roberts, A., McIntosh, F., and Savage, J. Exploring the potential of the internet of things at a heritage site through co-design practice. Proc. 3rd Digital Heritage Conference 2018. IEEE Pub, 2018.

Nick Dulake, Sheffield Hallam University

Daniela Petrelli, Sheffield Hallam University

Mark T. Marshall, Sheffield Hallam University

ins04.gif Votive lamp disassembled, and a lamp next to oracles from the goddess Juno.
ins05.gif A visitor offering one of their three gifts of light to Cautes (on the top shelf). They now only have two offerings left—choose carefully!

back to top  3. Atlantic Wall at MUSEON

During WWII, a third of The Hague in the Netherlands was demolished by the German army to build a defensive system: the Atlantic Wall. The interactive installations in the exhibition give voice to the different, contrasting stories of the people involved in this process: German soldiers, Dutch civilians, and officers. Visitors activate these stories using "smart replicas." The interactions between visitors and the stories are recorded, resulting in a personalized postcard that visitors can take home. A unique code on the postcard gives access to a personalized website where more content can be explored and the visitor can upload personal and family memories.

Marshall, M.T., Dulake, N., Ciolfi, L., Duranti, D., Kockelkorn, H., and Petrelli, D. Using tangible smart replicas as controls for an interactive museum exhibition. Proc. of 10th Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. ACM, New York, 2014, 159–167.

Petrelli, D., Marshall, M.T., O'Brien, S., McEntaggart, P., and Gwilt, I. Tangible data souvenirs as a bridge between a physical museum visit and online digital experience. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 21, 2 (2017), 281–295; (open access)

Mark T. Marshall, Sheffield Hallam University

Nick Dulake, Sheffield Hallam University

Daniela Petrelli, Sheffield Hallam University

Hub Kockelkorn, MUSEON

ins06.gif A visitor using a smart replica on an interactive station.
ins07.gif The personalized postcards.

back to top  4. Tangible Exploration of Historical Objects from WWI

This installation offers visitors the opportunity to touch and inspect original historical objects, an action generally forbidden in museums but that carries a high emotional engagement. When an object is placed in the center, the curator's voice invites the visitor to pick it up and touch it, observe it closely, and possibly pass it to a fellow visitor. Handling the object does not stop the narrative; the longer the object is handled, the more information is given, under the assumption that the visitor is interested. The narrative guides the discovery of details and the learning of aspects that normally go unnoticed.

Not, E., Cavada, D., Maule, S., Pisetti, A., and Venturini, A. Digital augmentation of historical objects through tangible interaction. ACM J. Comput. Cult. Herit. 12, 3 (2019), Article 18.

Elena Not, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Dario Cavada, ECTRL Solutions

Stefano Maule, ECTRL Solutions

Anna Pisetti, Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra

Adriano Venturini, ECTRL Solutions

ins08.gif A graphical animation explains the tin is a military mess kit and shows a belt was used to secure it to the uniform.
ins09.gif Placing one of the objects on a central interactive point triggers an audiovisual description. Buttons allow you to change the language.

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