Cultural Experts & Planners Discuss Characteristics of Virtual Museums for Persons with Disabilities

Published by , October 9, 2017 1:11 pm

(KhaleejTimes)  Experts and urban planners attending the 2nd Annual Future Accessibility and Assistive Technology Summit in Dubai believe that VR or AR apps could make historical sites such as old mosques and ancient forts in the UAE readily accessible to everyone, especially for persons with disabilities (PwDs).
Although there are debates on issues about recreation and representation, some cultural experts around the world are pushing for virtual museums to allow visitors access to places and experiences that would not otherwise be available to them. In some countries in Europe, drones are used to capture inaccessible cultural artefacts to create advanced 3D representations of them. In the UAE, an example cited is to build an attached VR structure or exhibit area adjacent or near to a historical site. This way the original structure will not be altered but there will also be an on-site experience for PwDs or those called in the UAE as people of determination.