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Co-Design of a Playful Mixed Reality Installation: An Interactive Crane in the Museum of Marble Crafts

Department of Product & Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean, 84100 Ermoupolis, Greece
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Heritage 2020, 3(4), 1496-1519; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040083
Received: 10 November 2020 / Revised: 26 November 2020 / Accepted: 4 December 2020 / Published: 6 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mixed Reality in Culture and Heritage)
Interactive installations in museums usually adopt hybrid technologies that combine physical elements with digital content, and studies so far show that this approach enhances the interest and engagement of visitors compared to non-interactive media or purely digital environments. However, the design of such systems is complicated, as it involves a large number of stakeholders and specialists. Additionally, the functional components need to be carefully orchestrated to deliver a rich user experience. Thus, there is a need for further research on tools and methods that facilitate the process. In this paper we present the design and development of a mixed reality installation for the Museum of Marble Crafts in Tinos island in Greece, which places visitors in the role of the crane operator and they have to complete challenges in a gamified version of the old quarry. The system lets users operate a tangible controller and their actions are executed by digital workers in a rich 3D environment. Our design approach involved iterative prototyping, research and co-design activities. The creative process has been supported by a series of organized workshops. The evaluation results indicate that mixed reality can be a promising medium for rich interactive experiences in museums that combine tangible and intangible heritage. View Full-Text
Keywords: museum; interactive installations; collaborative design; digital heritage; serious games museum; interactive installations; collaborative design; digital heritage; serious games
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Vosinakis, S.; Nikolakopoulou, V.; Stavrakis, M.; Fragkedis, L.; Chatzigrigoriou, P.; Koutsabasis, P. Co-Design of a Playful Mixed Reality Installation: An Interactive Crane in the Museum of Marble Crafts. Heritage 2020, 3, 1496-1519. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040083

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Vosinakis S, Nikolakopoulou V, Stavrakis M, Fragkedis L, Chatzigrigoriou P, Koutsabasis P. Co-Design of a Playful Mixed Reality Installation: An Interactive Crane in the Museum of Marble Crafts. Heritage. 2020; 3(4):1496-1519. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040083

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Vosinakis, Spyros, Vasiliki Nikolakopoulou, Modestos Stavrakis, Labros Fragkedis, Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou, and Panayiotis Koutsabasis. 2020. "Co-Design of a Playful Mixed Reality Installation: An Interactive Crane in the Museum of Marble Crafts" Heritage 3, no. 4: 1496-1519. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage3040083

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