Exploring the potential of physically engaging visitors through intuitive interaction

Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Daniela Petrelli, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Dick van Dijk, Waag Society, The Netherlands

This paper discusses how we are tackling challenges for the design of intuitive tangible interaction at heritage sites in meSch (Material Encounters in Digital Cultural Heritage), a collaborative research project . In meSch, the material aspect of heritage is brought to the fore: it is enriched and made interactive by the use of sensors and digital media integrated within exhibits and artefacts. Visitors can then explore both the material and digital heritage asset simultaneously. The interactive experiences are designed to be shared with companions and other visitors. meSch uses a co-design approach where designers and technical experts are joined by curators and heritage volunteers in the exploration of possible heritage experiences.

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