Media-Facades: Turning buildings into large-scale interactive surfaces

Sven Gehring
In: Proceedings of the workshop on "Displays Take New Shape: An Agenda for Future Interactive Surfaces". ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-13), Changing Perspectives, April 27 - May 2, Paris, France, ACM, 2013.


The rapidly increasing number of so-called media façades is one prominent example of how new digital technologies are augmenting urban environments. The majority of media façades covers most of the outer shell of a building, which gives them a 3D form factor. Due to their size and visibility, as well as the dynamic public urban environment they are usually situated in, they offer great potential for interaction. Unfortunately, this potential is mostly neglected so far. In this position paper, we described our previous and ongoing efforts to exploit the full potential of media façades in order turn them into fully fledged, interactive displays in urban environments.

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