In case you didn’t know, touching is exciting!
We can ‘turn’ a page of a virtual manuscript, look round a virtual statue, ‘walk-through’ a virtual building, our avatar can ‘perform’ in a virtual amphitheatre or ‘sit’ and watch others acting. Wouldn’t it be exiting to also be able to ‘touch’ and ‘feel’ the virtual objects around us? Over the years very many 3D computer models of artefacts have been created, and many got neglected. Their use in research and education could be much wider, and benefit new users, if optimised for haptic display. As part of the Digital Arts and Culture module, our DH postgraduates have tried and tested a haptic system in the classroom. They ‘handled’ 3D models of museum objects that cannot be touched by the public. Students’ feedback was very encouraging: this is an exciting area of technology! We, the Digital Humanists should try to influence its future development by voicing our needs and expectations.
You are invited to have your say at ART AND SCIENCE OF TOUCH
Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, David Prytherch and Christos Giachritsis
Our DH’11 poster can be seen in Gabby’s photo right behind Raffaele Viglianti, see Gabby’s post of 21 June.