Thursday, 23 July 2009

Library of the Future: Interactive RFID Information Touchwalls

One of the key attractions at the 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival was a huge multi-user “Touchwall” created by Schematic that served as an information hub. Multiple delegates could interact with this touch screen through RFID chips in their delegate's badge.

The multi-user wall offers interative maps, a schedule application and integrated social networking.

It does not take too much imagination to see how an RFID enhanced interactive touchwall could work in a library. Using their RFID enhanced library cards patrons could interact with the wall to check out events, work out where they are located on the interactive map, and then book themselves into the session. By touching their library card up the screen patrons could renew items, search and download content from license databases, or see where physical items are located in the building. Being interactive, patrons could use the wall to transfer information from one user to another, or use the wall as a medium to transmit social networking content.

Such a touchwall could help underline the library of the future’s role as an exciting place for interactive and immersive learning and discovery. Now all we need to do is iron out the bugs and get the price down. However given Coca Cola is releasing multi-touch vendor machines maybe the prices will come down.

For more comments see:

* RFID Touchwall: The touch screen with RFID effect,
* Schematic’s Intelligent Touchwall Serves as Information Hub of Cannes Lions 2009,
* Cannes Attendees Find Future Is Now for Touch-Screen Tech

and the watch the following videos:

Touchwall Demo from Joel on Vimeo.

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