|So far museum exhibits have not been touchable as they
are presented behind display cases, and therefore no interaction is
possible. But museum curators don't just want their visitors to pass
the exhibitions as doing window-shopping, their idea is to integrate
visitors in an interactive learning process. The virtual solution
doesn't just copy the reality, but also advances into areas that would
not be within reach without medical and information technology.
The project of the Virtual Bog Body is based on this challenge and
provides an interactive museum application as a solution.
This interdiciplinary project includes the following scientific areas:
biomedical imaging (computer tomography), computer graphics, scientific
visualisation, interface design, usability, museum pedagogics.
As a result of cooperative work of the University of Zurich and
the Museum für Natur und Mensch in Oldenburg the head of the
"bog man from Husbäke" has been virtually brought
to life. Museum visitors use a multimedia terminal to interactively
explore the reconstruction process of the man's face and to gather
background information about life in the moors 2000 years ago.