The Media FaĂ§de Toolkit: Prototyping and Simulating Interaction with Media FaĂ§ades
Sven Gehring; Elias Hartz; Markus Löchtefeld; Antonio Krüger
In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp-13), September 9-12, Zürich, Switzerland, ACM, 2013.
Digital technologies are rapidly finding their way into urban spaces. One prominent example is media faĂ§ades. Due to their size, visibility and their technical capabilities, they offer great potential for interaction and for becoming the future displays of public spaces. To explore their potential, researchers have recently started to develop interactive applications for various media faĂ§ades. Existing development tools are mostly tailored to one specific media faĂ§ade in one specific setting. They usually provide limited means to incorporate interaction by a user, and the applications developed are limited to running on only one particular media faĂ§ade. In this paper, we present a flexible, generalized media faĂ§ade toolkit, which is capable of mimicking arbitrary media faĂ§ade installations. The toolkit is capable of running interactive applications on media faĂ§ades with different form factors, sizes and technical capabilities. Furthermore, it ensures application portability between different media faĂ§ades and offers the possibility of providing interactivity by enabling user input with different modalities and different interaction devices.