Smart replica’s

Schermafbeelding 2013-03-05 om 21.09.57Ever thought of making a copy of a very old and fragile object with MRI scans, 3D printing and AR technology to tell a story and at the same time sell an unique object for daily use? Maaike Roozenburg did. At the first Virtual Museum Network Meetup of 2013 designer Maaike Roozenburg was invited to explain how she combines heritage artefacts and digital technology in a project called Smart Replicas.

Merel van der Vaart
, PhD Candidate meSch at the Allard Pierson Museum and University of Amsterdam, wrote a summary of the Meetup on 22 February. “The Smart Replicas are intended to transfer information to the person holding them and Maaike’s research can be divided in two parts. On the one hand there is the technical side of replication and somehow linking the objects to the digital information. She found that incorporating QR codes in objects that could be read with handheld devices, such as smartphones, was too crude an approach. She then experimented with using the original decoration of the object as a marker for an AR application on a smartphone. This seemed to work very well and is a great example of linking data to an object in an unobtrusive way.”

“Another part of her research involves exploring the different types of content that can be shared with users and shape this content can take. She is currently exploring the possibilities of sharing historical content through non-text based media. The research is still in progress, updates will be posted on http://smartreplicas….

More of Maaikes work can be found at http://www.maaikeroozenburg.nl
The Smart Replica project is currently a collaboration with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and was funded by Stichting Doen.

Read the full summary at Virtual-Museum-Network-Amsterdam Meetup page.

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