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RelicPad: A hands-on, mobile approach to collaborative exploration of virtual museum artifacts


Neale, S and Chinthammit, W and Lueg, C and Nixon, P, RelicPad: A hands-on, mobile approach to collaborative exploration of virtual museum artifacts, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8117 (INTERACT 2013), 2-6 September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 86-103. ISSN 0302-9743 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-642-40483-2_7


In an ideal world, physical museum artefacts could be touched, handled, examined and passed between interested viewers by hand. Unfortunately, this is not always possible – artefacts may be too fragile to handle or pass around, or groups of people with mutual interests in objects may not be in the same location. This can be problematic when attempting to explain or make sense of the physical properties of artefacts.

To address these problems, we propose that direct manipulation of 3D content based on real-world interaction metaphors can help collaborators (both co and remotely located) to construct personal and mutual physical and spatial awareness of artefacts, while networked communication and collaboration allow for ideas and knowledge to be exchanged and shared.

We present our interpretations from two studies of RelicPad, a tablet-based application that allows users to manually manipulate museum artefacts and to ‘point out’ areas of interest to each other using 3D annotations, facilitating a mutual awareness of spatial properties and referencing during discussion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:museum artefacts, remote collaboration, tablet interfaces, 3D interaction techniques, virtual reality, mobile interaction, reality-based interaction, computer supported coorporative work
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information services
Objective Field:Library and archival services
UTAS Author:Neale, S (Mr Steven Neale)
UTAS Author:Chinthammit, W (Dr Winyu Chinthammit)
UTAS Author:Lueg, C (Professor Christopher Lueg)
UTAS Author:Nixon, P (Professor Paddy Nixon)
ID Code:89184
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-02-26
Last Modified:2015-02-13

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