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Far away is close at hand:shared mixed reality museum experiences for local and remote museum companions


TitleFar away is close at hand:shared mixed reality museum experiences for local and remote museum companions
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsChalmers, M., & Galani A.
Secondary TitleInternational Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting: Proceedings from ichim03
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedÉcole du Louvre, Paris, France
EditorPerrot,(d. 2007), X.
Keywordscollaboration, hypermedia, ichim, ichim03, mixed reality systems, VE, visitor studies
Abstract

This paper discusses the use of a shared mixed reality system that supports co-visiting of museum exhibitions for both on-site and on-line visitors. We briefly present the prototype system that uses wireless communication technologies to combine handheld devices, virtual environments and hypermedia to support a museum visit. We then discuss its use, focusing on the ways that the system shaped the visiting experience with regard to collaboration in the exploration of artefacts, mutual exchange of suggestions and creative conversations among the visitors. We conclude with implications for both the design of mixed reality experiences for museums and the character of the museum.%U http://www.archimuse.com/publishing/ichim03/076C.pdf