Preserving our past with toys of the future

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Khan, M., & De Byl, P.K. (2011). Preserving our past with toys of the future. Paper presented at the Ascilite Conference 2011, Hobart, Australia.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 170103, 080602, 210299

© Copyright Muqeem Khan & Penny de Byl, 2011


This paper presents the initial outcomes of a key scoping study undertaken to explore the role of augmented reality and motion detecting technologies in the context of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for museums related environments. Initial prototypes are in the form of an interactive infrared camera based application for children to engage with an Aboriginal puppet. This scoping study is unique, as it tries to combine two extremes: the curation of historical intangible artifacts and their preservation through digital intervention. Heritage related intangible content is always restricted because of its non-physical nature and can never be fully embed in an environment like museums and related exhibitions. This paper explores alternative opportunities for knowledge transfer of ICH content that manifest with playfulness in order to elicit a deeper understanding of such intangible cultural artifacts. This study is complementary to multiple disciplines including heritage preservation, museum technologies and emerging interaction design.



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