LOCUS’ main goals are the co-design, development and evaluation of an IoT system and the understanding of its potential to support playful intergenerational engagement in creating and exploring cultural contents and learning about the cultural heritage of rural territories from the Centre Region of Portugal, namely Amiais Village, in Sever do Vouga. The project also aims to propose an IoT model for the promotion of rural territories in a playful and immersive cultural heritage tourism approach.
Amiais is a rural space, with an aging population, that preserves ancient rural traditions, which are still practiced by the few permanent inhabitants, as is the case of the maintenance of communal threshing floors, an old gathering point for the farming communities linked to the husking of corn and the ritual of desfolhada, which are still done today.
LOCUS will deliver an IoT system, enabling people to have immersive gamified experiences, based on co-designed cultural heritage scenarios and narratives. People will interact with augmented everyday things, by using a wearable device (bracelet) and their smartphones. The bracelet and phone will identify the objects and how they are handled.
By foregrounding the importance of the users’ role and real-life contexts in rural innovation, LOCUS will employ a Living Lab approach. The development of the project will go through 5 fundamental stages: Ethnographic Research, Reflection & Creativity, Participatory Design & Agile Development, User Testing, Sustainability & Migrability models.