Iron Museum in Zerain

The application invites visitors to touch the screen in four languages.

Touch-screen interactive application

This application, based on touch interaction, was created for the Iron Museum in the village of Zerain, in the Basque Country of Spain. The application is presented on a giant screen measuring 2.4 x 1.8 meters. The aim of the application is to complete the visits to the Iron Museum, showing the history of the land as well as allowing visitors to experiment with minerals in the subterranean tunnels. 

The application is divided into two sections: the first one presents an artistic aspect of a mining tunnel, with minerals glowing all around the walls. The visitors can touch the minerals, transforming them into iron tools, like the ones present in adjacent halls of the museum.

The second part of the application presents an aerial view of the area, where one can distinguish the locations of interest relating to iron mining and processing. The visitors can touch the points of interest, activating a short video explaining the importance of each location. Up to two videos can play simultaneously.

The application is based on an infrared image recognition system. Visitors are bathed in infrared light, invisible to the naked eye. A specialized camera captures the infrared signal and detects the points where visitors touch the screen, allowing for multiple touch point detection. Touch information is then sent to the presentation system, developed in Adobe Air, that is resposnsible for the user experience.

The infrared vision system was designed in the Laboratory for Experimentation on Interactive Communication of the Pompeu Fabra University under prof. Narcis Pares, with the application's graphic design being realized by Carles Sora.

Artistic view of the tunnel interior, with minerals glowing on the walls.

Artistic view of the tunnel interior, with minerals glowing on the walls.

Touching the minerals transforms them into iron tools.

Touching the minerals transforms them into iron tools.

Aerial view of the area, with markers on the locations of interest.

Aerial view of the area, with markers on the locations of interest.

Once a marker is touched a video starts playing.

Once a marker is touched a video starts playing.

Two videos playing simultaneously.

Two videos playing simultaneously.

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