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GestureTek's Innovation Uses Mobile Applications as Part of Gesture Controlled Displays
12/19/2013
As the inventor of video gesture controlled experiences, GestureTek has continued to innovate the ways in which the public can interact with projected images using their entire bodies. With the arrival of mobile apps, GestureTek has taken that interaction one step further by delivering an interactive attraction that allows guests to wirelessly send their digital creations from a mobile device into GestureTek's live projected display. From there, guests can walk up and interact with their projected drawings and animate them by moving their bodies.

For the first application, GestureTek created 'Art Alive!' a permanent installation for the new Crayola Experience, a hands-on family attraction, in Easton Pennsylvania. Crayola Experience's objective was to promote, encourage and inspire creative self-expression in kids of all ages through their 21 hands-on attractions. One way to encourage this creativity was through 'Art Alive!', a digital creative experience that utilized an existing Crayola app called Crayola DigiTools which allows children to create with the latest technology. By marrying Crayola DigiTools with GestureTek capabilities, it allowed digital creations to come alive in a larger than life way that was unprecedented.

We created 4 custom worlds (underwater, space, fairytale and safari) that are projected onto 4 giant 16'x9' screens. At 40 different iPad stations, kids can colour and draw an image, apply an animation to it (shrink, breakup, spin, etc.) and send it into the themed projection. Once a guest's creation is on the big screen, they can interact with their design by moving their body or waving their arms in front of the screen (while also making the water ripple, plants part, clouds move and animals wiggle, etc.) resulting in hours of fun for the family.

Previously, our gesture controlled GestureFX system did not have the ability to wirelessly send and display new content from user's mobile devices while it was up and running. This meant serious innovation for GestureTek's technology that allowed real time wireless input of additional interactive elements from a mobile device. To create this new level of social interaction, GestureTek not only wrote new software to accept real time input from wireless devices into a running app, they also created a control network manager to help send the right images, media components and the code for their associated interactive effect to the right screens, while also creating an interface that allowed for an external approval station.

Our new innovation of combining our GestureFX system with a mobile application allow our future users to interact with social media platforms, which is the next step for our GestureFX platform.

The renovated Crayola Experience attraction has been open since May 2013 and has been a huge success. It's a great day out for the whole family and is filled with 21 hands-on experiences including 'Art Alive!'. You can find out more about the Crayola Experience and the other attractions they offer here: www.crayolaexperience.com.


About GestureTek
GestureTek®, founded in 1986, is the inventor, pioneer and world leader in video gesture recognition and control technology for digital displays/signage, information and entertainment systems. They are covered by over 45 patents. Besides having licensed their patents and technology to hundreds of millions through consumer platforms like Playstation, Microsoft's Xbox and mobile phones, in the past 28 years, GestureTek has delivered over 7,000 gesture-controlled displays for location-based entertainment facilities, public spaces, digital signage, corporate locations, retail stores, hospitality venues and healthcare facilities. GestureTek is the company behind leading gesture controlled systems such as GroundFX, WallFX, TableFX, ScreenFX, and turnkey solution The Cube. The company also pioneered, designed, built and supports their own series of multi-touch tables and displays called the Illuminate Series and are the creators of IREX, a gesture-controlled interactive solution for the health and disability market. The company's head office is in Toronto, Canada. For more information, go to www.gesturetek.com or call (800) 315-1189 or (416) 340-9290.


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erol@gesturetek.com






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