| Posted on 29/05/2014 - 16:16|
MinA is an informative system, based on web 2.0 and 3.0 applications. It helps blind or partially sighted people to improve their museum and outdoor monuments visit, to connect them and to share cultural experiences through assistive technologies.
Cultural heritage is a common asset and everyone should benefit from its value. But its access is still difficult for blind or partially sighted people. In Italy, for instance, few museums and outdoor monuments plan services for these users. Unfortunately, the way to break down perceptual and architectural barriers and to consider blind visitor as important as everyone else is still hard. How can we make monuments and museum collections shared resources for this type of disabled? A possible answer is to use mobile technologies that drive and explain them art works. This is what MinA does, combining cultural heritage with communication tech and creating a new way for social inclusion and cultural diffusion.
MinA informative mobile system will be actuated using some innovative devices like Talking Tactile Tablet. A tablet with a touch surface that can be used as an input device having swell paper to create 3D overlays and connects audio-files. Besides, to implement this idea the use of combining technologies such as camera with GeoTagging function, open data, informative Object Database (images, audio tracks, 3D reconstruction and mobile app), will need. MinA’s test and validation phases will be done in collaboration with Italian Association for Blind and Visually Impaired, involving local museums.
Target group and social impact
Blind and partially sighted people compose target group. MinA offers them a new way to live an emotional experience thanks to technologies that aim to break perceptual and physical barriers down driving these special users to discover museums, their art collections, and outdoor monuments. MinA is for tourist users and residential citizens as well. Two of the main activities of this idea are the cooperation with Italian Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted during planned focus groups, oriented to hear their exigencies and to make their voice heard. To conclude, MinA will carry benefits to local community such as social inclusion, cultural diffusion with a resulting increase in tourism, improvement of life quality and territorial services, augmenting museum demand.
Competences of the applicant
A multidisciplinary team composed by territorial marketing specialists, computer science engineers, art historians, archaeologists and human rights experts. The team is involved in DICET-INMOTO educational project (PON for Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013, strategic area Smart culture and tourism, http://www.eng.it/ricerca/dettaglio-progetto.dot?inode=f5bd7de8-f607-4470-b4e7-fc384be3280c).
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