When we were enlisted to design a dynamic interactive centerpiece for Vanderbilt’s six-million-dollar renovation of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, we collectively came up with a very challenging but unique and engaging concept utilizing our Respondr interactive system. The end result was an interactive floor projection display comprised of a series of morphing shapes that are filled with real time student search queries from within the Vanderbilt Library. These searches are first filtered and parsed for inappropriate content and are then dynamically displayed into three different transitioning word shapes.
Each search term when displayed goes it’s own life cycle which is evidenced by color shifts before being replaced by a new term. All word positioning within each shape is based on a variety of algorithms including character count. Additionally a custom interface was created to allow a variety of customizations such as color schemes and time delays of the various interactive objects. Initially deployed word shapes include a Star, the Vanderbilt “V”, and the Vanderbilt Oak Leaf, while new shapes are currently being considered to constantly keep the display fresh and original.
Objectives of the deployment or the technology:
Objectives included creating a custom version of Respondr that was tied into the library’s computer network with a custom designed program that would pull real-time student searches, parse and filter for profanities and inappropriate terms (along with a black list), and finally pull the cleared terms into the system at which point a variety of custom algorithms determined where in each morphing shape a particular word would be positioned. Each search term when displayed goes through it’s own life cycle which is evidenced by color shifts before being replaced by a new term. Character positioning within the shape wass based on a variety of algorithms including character count, number of times searched, etc. The floor projected display then would react to motion in the center of the library lobby as students, faculty and visitors engage with the word shapes.
We won the 2011 Digital Screenmedia Associate Award For Excellence for this project.