Last week I was invited to Sarajevo to present the Virtex technology during the conferences “Balkan Museums without Barriers: Continuing to develop disabled people’s access to museums and heritage in the Western Balkans“. The event, organised by Cultural Heritage without Borders and Balkan Museum Network, focused on access and inclusion of disabled people in museums. I am grateful to the organizers that gave me the chance to follow such an interesting conference.
Virtex (acronym from Virtual exhibition) is a tangible interface that support storytelling for museum exhibit. It is an interactive three-dimensional replica of an object that contains an orientation sensor and buttons. By handling the replica, the visitor can follow the movement of the object replicated on the computer screen. When a button is pushed, the visitor accesses to the part of the object’s story connected with the selected point.
A tangible interface like Virtex has enormous potential for facilitating the access of disabled people in museums.
Virtex is a technology developed by Visual Dimension bvba in the frame of V-MusT.net project. Two examples of how it can be used in museums are now on display in the exhibition Keys2Rome, in Rome and in Amsterdam.