Jean Ho Chu, Daniel Harley, Jamie Kwan, Melanie McBride, and Ali Mazalek. 2016. Sensing History: Contextualizing Artifacts with Sensory Interactions and Narrative Design. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1294-1302. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901829
We present three prototypes that aim to elicit historical and experiential qualities of 16th century prayer-nuts through narrative design and sensory interactions. Our goal is to enhance the presentation of cultural artifacts that must be presented behind glass to ensure their conservation. We aim to provide visitors with opportunities to form personalized connections with the past through historical, sensory, and embodied information that is otherwise unavailable. We use narrative design as a strategy to conceptualize and ground an experience that considers the contexts of users, their interactions, and the space in which the interactions occur. Together, our prototypes create an experience that is embodied, visual, aural, tactile, and olfactory. We present a brief review of related work, descriptions of the prototypes, our design rationale, and the results of our user study.