Smartphones, touch screens and holograms could make museum visits a digital and multimedia experience. For example, books that for reasons of protection may not be touched by visitors, could be leafed through on tablets. Or flesh and skin could be projected on the skeleton of a dinosaur with virtual and augmented reality.
The project MEETeUX (Multi-Device Ecologies Towards Elaborate User Experience), coordinated by St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, develops approaches and solutions for digital forms of exhibition design.
360-degree-videos and smartphones as a magnifying glass
"For a meaningful and integrated future use of smartphones, tablets and touch screens or modern media technology such as augmented and virtual reality in semi-public areas, for example, exhibitions and museums, there are currently no well-tested concepts for the design of interaction and user experience for end users”, explained Markus Seidl, Head of the MEETeUX project as well as the Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies at St. Pölten UAS. However, this knowledge is important in order to make the technologies as low-threshold as possible and accessible to all.
This is exactly where the MEETeUX project starts. The focal point is on research at the interface between man and machine for interaction-design and the experience for users. "Smartphones could be used as a ‘magic lens’ like a magnifying glass. As soon as one is near a station, certain information could also be played automatically as a 360-degree-video or audio presentation; or exhibition visitors can work together with collected objects and information to solve a puzzle", said Seidl.
The aim of the project, which runs until the end of 2019, is also a project prototype for creative digital exhibition presentations. Conceptual and technical preparatory work is currently under way.
Project MEETeUX (Multi-Device Ecologies Towards Elaborate User Experience)
The project is funded by the Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics) within the framework of the COIN-programme line "Aufbau", through the Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency).