A virtual guide for the Savoy apartments at Palazzo Chiablese in Torino

Dramatour, a collaboration of CIRMA (Interdepartmental Centre of Research on Multimedia and Audiovisuals of the University of Torino), Virtual Reality & Multi Media Park and the Regional Directorate for the Cultural and Landscape Heritage of Piedmont (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage), is a development methodology for animated virtual guides on portable devices. The methodology features two fundamental tenets: the information delivered by the virtual guide is written in dramatized form (this allows the insertion of informal notes about everyday life); the presentation is segmented in units that are assembled in real time given the visitorís position along the visit path (with the insertion of a number of peculiar behaviours that help the relationship between the visitor and the character). A first open-to-the-public installation has been applied to the Savoy apartments of Palazzo Chiablese (in piazza Castello - Torino).