TouchHistory by the Gibson Group has brought the digital collections of museums, city governments, and corporate archives to life in a socially interactive environment.
At its simplest, TouchHistory is a 3D data visualisation application that allows the public freedom to explore and discover cultural databases at will, on their own terms, in their own streets, and in a non linear manner.
TouchHistory’s flagship project is the Væggen wall in Copenhagen, an eight-metre wide outdoor touchscreen that operates year round, and has been enjoyed by more than a million people.
The technology consists of a multi-user screen with a unique interface engine that creates a 3D city landscape. Users touch the screen to travel through history or geography, exploring images through timeline or theme, and drilling down into facts and stories. People can leave their thoughts on images via built-in cameras and microphones, email discoveries from the screen to friends and family, and upload their own images to the wall.
The Museum of Copenhagen on average receives 200 visitors a day, while the TouchHistory application receives 4,000 unique visitors a day at peak times. Since its 2010 launch, it has received the United Nations World Summit Award (E-Culture & Heritage) and the prestigious American Association of Museums Gold MUSE award for interactivity and the Supreme MUSE award for overall excellence.
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