Real exhibitions in a virtual museum

George Lepouras, Akrivi Katifori, Costas Vassilakis, Dimitrios Charitos
Virtual Reality Journal, Springer-Verlag, Vol 7, No 2, (2003), pp. 120-128

When creating a virtual environment open to the public a number of challenges have to be addressed. The equipment has to be chosen carefully in order to be be able to withstand hard every-day usage, the application has not only to be robust and easy to use, but has also to be appealing to the user, etc. The current paper presents findings gathered from the creation of a multi-thematic virtual museum environment to be offered to visitors of real world museums. A number of design and implementation aspects are described along with an experiment designed to evaluate alternative approaches for implementing the navigation in a virtual museum environment. The paper is concluded with insights gained from the development of the Virtual Museum and portrays future research plans.

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