Museums attract increasing numbers of online visitors along with their conventional physical visitors. This paper presents a study of a mixed reality system that allows web, virtual reality and physical visitors to share a museum visit together in real time. Our system allows visitors to share their location and orientation, communicate over a voice channel, and jointly navigate around a shared information space. Results from a study of 34 users of the system show that visiting with the system was highly interactive and retained many of the attractions of a traditional shared exhibition visit. Specifically, users could navigate together, collaborate around objects and discuss exhibits. These findings have implications for non-museum settings, in particular how location awareness is a powerful resource for collaboration, and how 'hybrid objects' can support collaboration at-a-distance.
|Translated title of the contribution||Lessons from the lighthouse : Collaboration in a shared mixed reality system|
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2003, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 5-10 April|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)|
|Pages||577 - 584|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2003|