Thanks to technologies like 3D printing and augmented reality, museums can be more interactive by allowing visitors to touch art replicas. The Smart Replicas project aims to recreate priceless pieces of art and history, enabling people to touch and feel items.
Typically touching artifacts in a museum is considered a grievous crime because you could damage the exhibit. The art replicas offers a way around this, but showcasing extremely realistic fakes. This is ideal for tactile learners who value an engaging museum experience. History and art buffs, however, might still prefer to see the real thing.
Project creator Maaike Roozenburg maintains that the no-touch rule "strips the objects of their main purpose and function -- their original use -- and isolates them from our daily lives."
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