The Museum of Pure Form: touching real statues in an immersive virtual museum [article]

C. Loscos, F. Tecchia, A. Frisoli, M. Carrozzino, H. Ritter Widenfeld, D. Swapp, M. Bergamasco
2004 VAST: International Symposium on Virtual Reality  
In the Museum of Pure Form, we explore a novel way of presenting art to visitors of a museum, allowing them to virtually touch artefacts in a virtual museum. In order to realise this the statues are first digitised with a scanner so that they can be placed in a virtual museum. The virtual museum is then displayed on a 3D stereo screen. The visitor uses a purpose-built two-contact-point haptic device, mounted on an exoskeleton, to explore the shape of a piece of art which the visitor would
more » ... ise be forbidden to touch in a conventional museum. We have tested such an installation in a CAVE-like system. The results show that the users are in favour of using a haptic device in this context.
doi:10.2312/vast/vast04/271-279 fatcat:i6uyqbor5fendi4i5dfj6stm3a