LONDON A project that aims to revolutionise the design of technologies for supporting research has been awarded a grant of £1.7 million (about $2.6 million) by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the RCUK Digital Economy programme.
The multidisciplinary project, entitled PATINA (Personal Architectonics of Interfaces to Artefacts) will be led by the University of Bristol in collaboration with the Universities of Brighton, Greenwich, Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea.
The project includes involvement from Microsoft Research, Nokia Research and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
| Reynette Au
A prototype bookcase featuring online information about a selected book, projected back over it
The consortium will build wearable technologies that can identify objects such as books or historical artefacts and use miniature projectors to enhance those objects with related digital information taken from the web.
These technologies will also provide the means to capture, record, and replay the researcher's activities to support archiving, sharing and publication of this research activity. The design of the technologies will draw on ‘templates’ developed from studies of research spaces including libraries, museums, homes and archaeological sites.
The project begins in June 2010 and will run for three years.