An app that brings European museums to life

By: June 23, 2014
The CHESS app is supported by more than €2.8 million in funding from the European Commission The CHESS app is supported by more than €2.8 million in funding from the European Commission

Here’s one for all you history, archaeology and museum fans. CHESS is a new app that claims to “turn an ordinary museum visit into a personal, interactive storytelling experience”.

Using augmented reality and geo-localisation, CHESS aims to transform the museum visit into a “gaming experience, making visitors active and engaged in cultural heritage”, say the developers. ‘CHESS’ by the way is an acronym for ‘Cultural-Heritage Experiences through Socio-personal interactions and Storytelling’. Catchy.

The app was developed by French, Greek, British and German partners in an EU-funded project supported by more than €2.8 million in cash from the European Commission.

“The CHESS App tells each visitor a dedicated story, focused on the exhibits most relevant to their interests and mood, with as few or many details as preferred. Stories can be enhanced with multimedia, 3D and augmented reality games and in some cases objects talk and invite visitors to interact with them,” says the development team.