The Uffizi Touch application for iTouch, iPhone and iPad is the first product of its kind that allows the user unrestricted access at anytime and anywhere in the world to the Uffizi gallery’s collection in its entirety.
The UffiziTouch was developed by the leading Italian digital imaging company, Centrica, whose innovative technologies have brought widespread acclaim. The images are available in unmatched high resolution allowing for extensive magnification capabilities, rendering visible hidden details not normally apparent to the naked eye. The level of detail achieved serves an educational purpose for it allows for the appreciation of even the subtlest brush work of the great masters. In addition to this the comparison feature and timeline offer insight into the development and evolution of artistic practice that may be witnessed within the collection.
The application offers opportunities for new ways of engaging with museum collections. The quality of the image combined with a room by room viewing guide, along with painting commentaries enrich the user’s experience of the exhibits in a new and natural way within an easy to use, interactive digital framework. Furthermore, the experience is not limited by the usual constrications, for example, enjoyment of the works does not end once the user has left the building but may be revisted whenever and wherever.
The UffiziTouch was chosen to showcase Italian innovation at the Shanghai expo 2010 and received distinctive mention in the ‘Best practices in the field of Cultural Heritage and Tourism in the Premio ICMT award.
More information may be found at http://www.uffizitouch.it/.
Images are courtesy of Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities