Unearthing virtual history: Using diverse interfaces to reveal hidden virtual worlds

Steve Benford, John Bowers, Paul Chandler, Luigina Ciolfi, Martin Flintham, Mike Fraser, Chris Greenhalgh, Tony Hall, Sten Olof Hellström, Shahram Izadi, Tom Rodden, Holger Schnädelbach, Ian Taylor

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We describe an application in which museum visitors hunt for virtual history outdoors, capture it, and bring it back indoors for detailed inspection. This application provides visitors with ubiquitous access to a parallel virtual world as they move through an extended physical space. Diverse devices, including mobile wireless interfaces for locating hotspots of virtual activity outdoors, provide radically different experiences of the virtual depending upon location, task, and available equipment. Initial reflections suggest that the physical design of such devices needs careful attention so as to encourage an appropriate style of use. We also consider the extension of our experience to support enacted scenes. Finally, we discuss potential benefits of using diverse devices to make a shared underlying virtual world ubiquitously available throughout physical space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbicomp 2001
Subtitle of host publicationUbiquitous Computing - International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsGregory D. Abowd, Gregory D. Abowd, Barry Brumitt, Steven Shafer
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)3540426140, 9783540426141
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
EventInternational Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Ubicomp 2001 - Atlanta, USA United States
Duration: 30 Sept 20012 Oct 2001

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Ubicomp 2001
Country/TerritoryUSA United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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