The Authors Aradhana Goel, Michael Higgins, Mickey McManus, Marc Peterson from MAYA Design Special thanks to Mathilde Pignol, and the client that inspired this work: the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Introduction
Interactive Information, Inexpensively: The Future of Signs We’ll start with a tour of the space, showcasing the different interactive waypoints. Then we’ll discuss the architecture of the system in more detail, and highlight some of the features that are now possible. But first, some motivation…
System Goals Learn more about designing interactive physical environments Provide solutions to wayfinding problems in our office Provide access to other information through the physical space of our office Do it all inexpensively and with a minimum of exotic technology
Demo Let’s watch a movie
The Lobby Projector Barcode reader
Detail of the station Cards have bar codes that cane be swiped at the bottom right. In this part of the film we demonstrate the interaction.
System Diagram Data Sources Middle Tier Display and UI
The Guts Old Laptop Cover
Clip 1: Map of MAYA Featured Projects Conference room availability You are here
Clip 2: Schedule of conference rooms Dynamic update Today’s schedule
Clip 3: MAYAns out of office today Who is out?
Clip 4: Food in the Kitchen Email notification
Clip 5: Featured Projects at MAYA Projects & Process Slideshow of projects
Clip 6: Fresh produce at MAYA Work in Progress Slideshow of images
Clip 7: Visitors at MAYA Visitor’s Schedule Flight and weather information Image changes with weather conditions
Lessons Learned: Successes It's easy to add lots of content System supports guided tours very well Users find the newspaper interface charming Minimal expense in new hardware
Lessons Learned: Failures Flash is tricky to program robustly, and sign downtime is embarrassing Laptop LCD screens are very small and not legible from a distance Our information design is optimized for close-up viewing Most users do not discover the card-reading interface; they have to be shown it. Cards can be tricky to manage. They get lost, or fall on the floor. Dependency on external data sources has to be managed carefully.
Future Work Redesign to improve legibility and attractiveness at a distance Add more “charming” and non-standard user interfaces; perhaps something further into the tactile or ambient UI space than the newspaper Integrate public instant messaging Other suggestions or questions?
System Diagram Data Sources PAT Transit CMS Orbitz Database Kiosk Kiosk Kiosk Clients LED Display
Introduction INTRODUCTION MAYA Design’s office space can be somewhat confusing for new visitors. It has a complex layout, with many obscured sight-lines. Traditionally, architects overcome such difficulties by adding a simple information layer to the space: signs. This works well; but why not make the signs interactive and database driven? If we can do that, we enable a host of other applications. This demonstration shows a prototype dynamic wayfinding system deployed in our offices at MAYA.