Sens(H)oor: 3D replica fitted with auditory information layer

The Sens(H)oor project is a partnership between two organisations in Gelderland. The project focuses on making heritage objects accessible to visitors with a visual impairment. Unlike the original heritage objects, the replicas produced in this project can be touched by the visitor.

Within Sens(H)oor, digital 3D scans of heritage objects are converted into physical replicas through 3D printing. These replica objects are provided with additional information in the form of audio fragments activated by touch sensors. An object thus becomes accessible, interactive and acquires an extra dimension.

This additional information layer opens up new possibilities in developing exhibitions for various target groups. Nevertheless, the experience of being able to touch is valuable for all target groups. Through 3D scanning, 3D printing, tactile sensoring and microcontrollers, innovation and heritage are interwoven into a unique experience.

The project is now at the stage where information has been gathered from initial prototypes and target group research to further investigate and elaborate into new workable prototypes and objects. There are several research directions on the shelf, such as ‘which print material offers the best experience?’, ‘which touch-interphase should we use?’, ‘how do you guide people with visual impairment in this experience?’, ‘which objects are most suitable?’, ‘which (audio) information suits different target groups?’. There are challenges on the user side, but also on the technical side.

We challenge you to come up with creative solutions on how 3D objects can be used to make heritage more accessible for people with visual impairments.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):