IL2011: Multitouch Storytelling

Storytelling Tools on Multitouch Solutions
Erik Boekesteijn & Jaap Van de Geer, Delft Public Library

I came in a few minutes late – they were showing video of their tour around NYC.

Stories come in all different forms, not just in books. Movies, music, games, etc. Toured around the US and the world visiting libraries. Started a talk show on libraries – This Week in Libraries. Speakers include publishers, entrepreneurs, people from all kinds of industries.

DOKLAB – Delft PL. Trying to do new things with storytelling tools to connect people with information in new ways. Start with an exhibit on a very local issue. People can scan their library card to grab a part of the story, then go to a work area to videotape themselves or add their own photos to the story.

Multitouch isn’t new – they started out with using it as a self-service check-in kiosk. This is all around now. But – iPhone caused a revolution with this – multitouch in more people’s hands now. Old one had 5 cameras inside, used infrared. New one has pixel recognition (?).

Microsoft Surface multitouch table – new version coming out soon, been delayed. Going to be cheaper – first was $30K. More interesting applications available now.

Table is able to recognize objects. It’s a thing you interact with, people are interested in the content they’re manipulating, the technology fades into the background.

Heritage Browser – 25K photos of people, streets and activities around Delft that were stuck in an archive behind a boring search interface. Connected the photos to the library cards. They use the information they have about their users (carefully) — connected ZIP code to pictures of their street. Put your card on the table and it shows them to you!

This is running in several libraries in the Netherlands but wanted to create something that libraries could just set up and go – no programming time to connect to a database, scan photos, etc. Built a Flickr app for the table, released two weeks ago at a children’s book fair. Use wooden “stamps” to give an opinion of the photo.

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