Museumgoers paint on interactive digital signage

Feb. 13, 2013

Watching paint dry is no one's idea of fun. At Michigan's Midland Center for the Arts, digital signage technology solves the problem.

Attaching the Christie Interactivity Kit to four high definition Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels allows Museum patron paints on digital signagevisitors to the museum to "paint" with a paintbrush on the screen, to create any kind of art they want, without any of the typical mess associated with real paint.

Christie and Cineviz are tying technology and art together at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan, with a tailor-made experience highlighting the abilities of Christie Interactivity Kit. With its "Escape the Ordinary" theme, the center encourages both participation and appreciation for art, music, science and history.

"This project started when I showed the people at the center a trade show video where Christie displayed a digital paint canvas and they loved what they saw," Mike Driedric, vice president of business development, Cineviz. "Then the conversation steered itself to this exhibit space — and having an actual paint wall here. The director of exhibits — who is an artist by trade — really wanted to create an experience for the facility."

In the main gallery, Cineviz installed four high-definition Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels in portrait mode — two on each side of a four-inch gap. The two canvasses allow participants to engage and interact with a digital paint palette using the Christie Interactivity Kit and an application developed by Nytric in conjunction with Baanto Touchscreen technology. To reduce wear and tear, Cineviz placed tempered glass over the flat panels with the Interactivity Kit's modular frame placed around the display.

Christie Interactivity Kit lets multiple users interact simultaneously with a rectangular video wall, with the resolution and speed needed to support finger-based gestures such as flicking, pinching, rotating and scrolling.

Designed in pieces that fit perfectly around Christie MicroTiles, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. The kit can accommodate large-format displays up to 21.33 feet wide and 6 feet high, or up to a 16-units-wide-by-6-units-tall Christie MicroTiles array. The field-installable kits attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without any need for drivers.

"In a lot of paint programs, you use a plus/minus sign to control the intensity of the color. However, with the Interactivity Kit, you actually replicate the painting experience because you can use a paintbrush and blend, for example, pink and blue to make purple," Driedric said. "You can also push harder to have a larger spot or a deeper shade of purple. Or you could run a thin line off the brush."

(Photos courtesy of Christie)

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Topics: Display Technology , Interactive / Touchscreen

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