Virtual Museums class: Students presentations

The digital projects designed by the Virtual Museums Class undergrads, were presented on December 4 at the Smith Warehouse. The projects focused on the virtual reconstructions of lost or underrepresented heritage, entailing the use of a number of different technologies and methods such as Augmented Reality, immersive Virtual Reality, 3D modeling, WebGIS, holistic visualization.

VMpresentations

Ryan Bennert: Ashur to Nineveh: The progression of town-planning programs.

Madison Boyan & Jessica Roth: The Tower of Babylon: The reality behind the myth.

Nora Gerien-Chen: The Femminist Virtual Museum.

Lucas Giles: Lost Heritage in Naples: The church of Santa Chiara.

Allan Kiplagat: Mapping the damage: Tracking and screening lost artifacts in Syria and Iraq.

Jessica Lee & Emily Schmitz: Reconstructing Kathmandu Dharahara Tower and Kasthamandap Temple.

Hoang My Linh Luu: The Buddhas of Bamiyan: An historical and cultural narrative.

George Mellgard & Michael Rosamilia: Visualizing Khorsabad.

Alta Zhang: The lions of Venice: Reconstruction and deconstruction of an iconic symbol.

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Presentation of the Tangible Interactive Table for Archaeology

TITA

TITA, the Tangible Interactive Table for Archaeology (and Art), was presented to the public on November 16 at the Rubenstein Library (Duke University).

TITA is an open-source prototype of a digital-haptic (touch) device, designed for museums, and in general for the digital communication of archeological artifacts, monuments and sites, and art objects broadly. The aim is for the table to provide a unique and engaging interface between the museum visitor, and the breadth of digital content, modeled artifacts and virtual environments, being collected, hypothesized, and communicated by archeologists and other researchers, using the intrinsic affordances provided through interacting with physical objects and touch-based engagement. TITA is being developed as a very versatile platform and once deployed, it could work with different digital content (not just archeology and art).

Maurizio Forte, William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies
Todd Berreth, Designer/Research Programmer/Instructor
Nevio Danelon, Postdoc