Sunday, 6 January 2019

Developing interactive media

Controlling computers through touch

This interactive kiosk was designed for the public gallery Arnolfini in Bristol, UK. The kiosk hosts an audience evaluation survey
Touchscreen survey for Arnolfini, Bristol
Watkins 2017. Survey installed at Arnolfini.

Distinctive - question 4 Arnolfini survey
Watkins, D., 2017. Distinctive question, Arnolfini survey. [animated gif]                 
With all the standing around and waiting at bus stops, shelters offer a great way to interact with the public. BigBoard combined interactivity and augmented reality to promote the male grooming product Axe, known in the UK as Lynx. Because the bus stops are specific to a particular site the advertisers can play with the 'reality' of that location.

BigBoard JCDecaux Russia, 2012.  AR bus shelter [video]
BigBoard created an interactive augmented reality sign for Axe, grooming products for men (known as Lynx in the UK).
PepsiMax 2011. AR bus shelter [video]

PepsiMax used augmented reality in their Unbelievablebus shelter advert

Controlling computers through gestures


Leap Motion is a small controller the size of a chocolate bar that allows you to control the computer through hand gestures. It can be used in an installation to allow the audience to control the interface.

MeriStation 2017. Leap Motion [video]



Damar 2013. Leap Motion Processing Library [video]

The Leap Motion controller can control processing scripts which can be installed on Raspberry Pis.

Controlling computers through barcodes


8BitRetroGamer 2007. Barcode Battler by Epoch. [video]
Barcode Battler was a handheld games console produced in the early 1990s. The player would scan a bar code to generate a fighter and play against other barcodes. Despite the futuristic back story barcode battler was just a a dice game with each side weighted by generating numbers from barcodes. See http://barcodebattler.co.uk for a fan website of the console and http://barcodebattler.co.uk/gallery/photos/two.jpg shows the different barcode cards with illustrations of the fighters.

Watkins 2017. Games Academy Registration System [animated gif]

I created an interface for a registration system that used a bar code reader to scan ID cards.



Controlling computers through texts



Hello Lamp Post was a playable City project based in Bristol that enabled the public to interact with street furniture such as lamp posts and post boxes



Continental created a campaign that responded to football fans' tweets.


Controlling computers through motion sensors


Reebok – Are You Fast Enough? from Markus Schramm on Vimeo.

"We (Reebok) set up an outdoor billboard in central Stockholm, measuring pedestrians’ pace with a built-in speed cam. Anyone who ran past it faster than 17 km/h, unlocked a pair of ZPump 2.0 shoes."


TAJ Media 2016.  Cafe Pele The Contagious Billboard tv Commercial ad. [video]

The contagious billboard started yawning when it detected someone nearby.


Controlling computers through heart rate sensors


Bartel 2013. JUDE-artwork.  [video]




Controlling computers through traffic data


British Airways 2013.  #lookup in Piccadilly Circus. [video]

--> BA created an advert that tracked the flight path of its planes. 


Controlling computers through face recognition


Lemon&Orange 2018.  Coca Cola - Digital Signage system [video]


Lemon&Orange developed a facial recognition system for Coca Cola. The system recognises the faces of bystanders and plays a video based on their demographic.