Virtual Heritage for Azpeitia Museum

From iron ore to tools. Turning mine’s iron ore into tools for working was one of the main activities carried out by the mining industry in the area of Azpeitia. Interacting with this installation, the visitor at the museum can perform this process by himself by means of virtual techniques.

The project, running at Azpeitia Musuem, consists of a multiuser interactive installation on a large format touch screen (240x180cm) comprised of two parts. In the first part, the screen simulates the interior of a mine with a number of flashing iron plates on the walls. Touching the plates with their hands, the public triggers the virtual transformation process of iron ore into forged and smelt tools in an interactive experience which turns out to be both amusing and didactic.

The second part of the project uses the multi-touch screen technology as an information system on the mining area of Aizpea – Zerain, Basque Country – displaying data including an interactive map and several audiovisual and graphic resources to acquaint the public with the area and the mining industry.

Developed at: Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Experimentation on Interactive Communication group.
Main researcher: Dr. Narcís Parés.
Project development: 01.11.2007 – 15.03.2008.
Project running: 15.03.2008 – currently.
Tasks: user detection desing and coding, museum installation.
Photos: Narcís Parés, Barcelona Media, Zerain Hall.