Saturday, 19 January 2013

New Technology Allows Visitors to 'Touch' Objects

I'm always interested in new and exciting ways in which museums make their exhibitions more accessible to the public.  Manchester Museum has come up with an amazing way to allow the 'handling' of ancient artefacts which would never normally be possible.

The technology, called 'haptic', features a sensitive robotic control which 'provides varying degrees of resistance when the operator 'touches' an object on screen'.  It tricks the user into believing they can feel the shape and texture of the object.

Pots, jewellery and tools are just some of the objects from the museum's Egyptology collection that are available to visitors to experience the sensation of touch.

For details of how this was achieved and some feedback, click below.

Museum gives you a feel for items you can't touch


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