Bishop Museum – “Conservation Lab”
2005: Honolulu, HI
Award Winning Interactive Table using RFID & Optical Tracking
Designer: Gyroscope Inc.
This exhibit won an International Design Award. We are very proud to have been part of the team. There were plenty of challenges with ambient light control but we kept working with the team to overcome them.
What you are seeing is a projected image on a glass table top. In the child’s hand is a puck with a specimen imbedded in it that the children use to interact with the game.
The specimens can be placed anywhere on the screen and the table will “know” which puck it is and where it is located. BBI developed software and hardware using RFID and IR imaging to manage this interaction.
This exhibit asks the visitor questions about what they can observe in their specimen and the visitor answers by placing the puck on the correct circle.
At another station there are 3 independent computer screens in the exhibit. The visitor places the specimen on the table and an image appears showing what the specimen looks like under a scanning electron microscope. The visitor slides the puck in the direction of the arrows shown on the screen and the image view rotates allowing the visitor to explore the specimen from all angles.
This is a very exciting technology we are continuing to develop. The idea of being able to interact with physical objects on a projected background has almost unlimited applications.
Please imagine the image without the blue tape. We work closely with the exhibit fabricators to deliver a neat and tidy project in the end.