‘Tangible Pasts’: user-centred design of a mixed reality application for cultural heritage

Angeliki Chrysanthi, Costas Papadopoulos, Tom Frankland, Graeme Earl

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Tangible Pasts is a Mixed Reality (MR) prototype that combines a tangible interface with virtual content. The physical object, a book, enables users to manipulate the virtual models in real time by their actions performed in the physical world. This paper presents an overview of designing the prototype, and the evaluation of this application by participants who tested its usability and interpretive value. It also presents some preliminary results of the second round of design and evaluation. The attention is stressed on the importance of performing constant user evaluations in parallel to the design of the prototype in order to produce an application that is usable and of benefit to archaeological research and interpretation of cultural heritage knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchaeology in the Digital Era
Subtitle of host publicationPapers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA)
EditorsGraeme Earl, Tim Sly, Angeliki Chrysanthi, Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Costas Papadopoulos, Iza Romanowska, David Wheatly
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9789048519590, 9789048519606
ISBN (Print)9789089646637
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in
Archaeology (CAA)
- University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Mar 201229 Mar 2012
Conference number: 40


ConferenceComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in
Archaeology (CAA)
Abbreviated titleCAA
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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