Touch & Discover Systems Ltd was formed in 2010.
The Idea started 16 years ago when Christopher Dean was one of the first people in the UK to use haptic modelling software. Chris trained in sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools in London and worked as a sculptor and teacher in the South West for many years before moving to Cheshire. In 2000 The Freeform Modelling System was launched worldwide, it is a haptic, touch enabled CAD system, Virtalis supplied the systems to the Hothouse Design Centre in Stoke On Trent. Chris worked for SensAble Technologies for 4 years after this demonstrating the system around the UK, Germany and France being based in the Hothouse. in 2004 Chris worked for National Museum Liverpool as Product Development Consultant researching digital production technologies with museum collections and started Freeform Studios Ltd in 2009 based in Stoke On Trent to deliver product development and museum replica services. Chris has broad experience across the educational art and design spectrum as a teacher and lecturer, this resource has driven the development of the Probos Sensory Console as a way of utilising digital scans of museum objects and their interpretation, improving access to collections and being inclusive to all. In 2010 Chris teamed up with Virtalis who are a world leading Virtual reality systems provider to create Touch and Discover Systems Ltd and develop the Probos Sensory Console and the galleZeum interactive application.
In 2012 we were able to start a project with Manchester Museum for their Ancient Worlds Gallery with support from Stavros Niarchos Foundation. We were able to work closely with a focus group from Henshaws society for blind people who are based in Manchester.
In 2014 we were identified by the Zero Project as an innovative practice. The Zero Project is an initiative by the United Nations
In 2014 we received more funding from Stavros Niarchos to make the system more universal for everyone.
For this project we added one Fossil from Yale and a terracotta fragment from the British Museum to the galleZeum collection
In 2015 we started an ERASMUS project adding two more objects to galleZeum collection