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A Closer Look at Slover Library Interactive Displays, Part 1: SMC Wall

SMC Wall Dimensions

The SMC Wall at Slover Library in Norfolk, VA will be a multi-user, multi-touch interactive experience that will showcase artifacts from the Sargeant Memorial Collection.

The display walls will accommodate multiple users and allow patrons to explore in detail the entire inventory of the SMC memorabilia collection. The SMC wall will promote active participation with a positive learning experience that will be fun for both children and adults.

Objectives of Sign

To provide a multi-user, multi-touch interactive experience that showcases thousands of pieces of searchable artifacts which make up the Sargeant Memorial Collection and allow multiple users to interact simultaneously with the content.

The SMC artifacts will float across the wall. Artifacts are selected by a direct tap on their surface. Once an artifact is selected, it is centered and brought to the forefront. In addition, “related” artifacts will satellite around the selected artifact. For a selected artifact, you should be able to obtain all detailed information and launch Google maps if a latitude and longitude is available for the object.

The ability to search the collection by themes, sub-themes, date, and keyword will be available. A timeline function will also be available to view the artifacts in a timeline fashion.

Interaction Overview

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Once an artifact has been selected via touch on the mail wall, the artifact will be centered within your work area with related artifacts orbiting around the selected item. The most relevant tagged artifacts will orbit around the selected artifact.

The interface will transition between various modes of operation depending on the number of users. A single user operating the wall will have full control of the display and can fill it completely with a single image. Once another user comes along and touches the wall, an intelligent partitioning system creates a new workspace. Full gesturing of the selected artifact is supported, including: swipe, drag, throw, rotate, zoom in and zoom out.

Metadata available for each artifact will include: Title, Filename, Subject, Keywords, Description, Location, Photographer, Company, Copyright Holder, Date, Time Period, Type, Original Format, Original Dimensions, Digital Format, Collection, Notes and GPS Coordinates

SMC Content “Pinned” To Google Maps

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The ability to locate and view the current geographical location of an artifact will be provided by choosing the Map icon located on the selected image.

When this option is selected, another window will be displayed on the wall showing the selected image, and all other related imaged “pinned” to Google Maps. Where Google Street View is available, users can overlay historical photographs and compare it with the contemporary location.

Search Screen

Filtering a selection based on a theme, year, type or keyword will be provided by the Search icon located on each active work area.  Once the search icon is selected, a search dialog window will open providing a friendly user interface to make selections.

Timeline Screen

The ability to view the SMC artifacts in a timeline fashion will be available by choosing the Timeline icon from the work area.  Once the Timeline icon is selected, the artifacts should be displayed as icons in chronological order at the bottom of the screen. With a swipe of a finger in either direction, the timeline will go forward or backward in time.

Mobile Integration

To provide the ability to share SMC information with mobile devices, QR codes will be dynamically generated and available for display based on information stored in the content database for individual objects.

Themes

When there is no one interacting with the system, images will float across the screen in random fashion. There is no logic for which images are displayed, it is completely random.

For special occasions and events, there will also be the ability to define special thematic content when no one is interacting with the display. Examples include: Wall of Remembrance Theme, Lost Norfolk Display, and a Building Information Window.

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