AiRome

5.Experiencing the past

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Author(s): Bruno Fanini, Enzo D’Annibale

Institution(s): CNR ITABC, VHLab, ITALY

The AiRome installation is composed by two connected gesture-based applications that aim to create a shared experience and a collaborative gameplay among visitors. The first application (“Admotum”) consists in a serious game that allows the visitor to virtually explore 3D reconstructed environments using body gestures and motions, with the main goal of finding a few objects displayed in the Imperial Fora Museum (Rome, Italy) in their original context. The user performs actions in the virtual environment by means of gestures and other body movements. The second application (“Holoint”) behaves as an inspection unit: it consists of an holographic display and a Leap Motion controller to allow the user to interact with virtual objects. The application provides a flexible and accessible system for “holographic” display and enables the possibility to integrate real-time manipulation by natural interaction paradigms. It behaves conceptually as a “magnifier”, to further investigate a virtual item or to provide additional information during the gameplay. A local (wireless) net allows the two applications to communicate to create an advanced and engaging dual gesture-based context, where users can pass items from one application to the other, enhanced by visual, dynamic floor animations. This layer allows also external visitors to participate to the collaborative experience by connecting to the local net and using their mobile devices to interact with active users by influencing gameplay visual appearance, hints and other factors, enabling a shared and engaging experience.