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Interactive Library Table

Tangible Working Desk for Libraries


Prof. Dr. Andreas Schrader (ISNM)

Darren Carlson, Stefan Beck

Table-top Interfaces, Tangible Media

The Interactive Library Desk is a concept study for a complete new library interface based on the metaphor of a desk-top system. The active display is projected on the surface of the table using a beamer mounted on the ceiling. The user interacts with the table using a tangible object, called the puck. The object contains an RFID label which can be detected by the RFID reader devices mounted below the table. Books and other media items from the McLuhan collection are identified with the embedded RFID chip as well.

InteractiveLibraryTable InteractiveLibraryTable

The table supports a Content-Management-System based on XML as well as a FLASH-based interface to the table hardware. New content can be easily created and inserted into the system using most common media types for graphics, audio and video. The table design is based on the interactive table which was designed for the Museum of Castle Eutin. Example services include calling respective Internet services, like author information in online book shops like Amazon (C) or databases like Wikipedia. E.g., for DVD cases the respective entry in image databases is called.