The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers have moved into the new Levi’s Stadium, which has all the expensive bells and whistles that seem to be inherent in monster sports facilities these days.
Among the attractions in this $1.2 billion facility is a museum about the storied franchise, and an attached education center that has a set of interactive screens. The center is using interactive screens powered by the MultiTaction software developed by Finland’s MultiTouch. MultiTaction displays are connected to each other and controlled by a teacher station that, by using MultiTaction Codice, can change and manage the content on each individual student station. The result is a fully collaborative teaching environment that allows interactive displays to be an integral part of the learning process.
MultiTouch says in a newsletter the platform can simultaneously track 2D barcodes, pen annotation and multi-touch, so people can do things like share playbooks.
The museum also has a Stupid People Tricks section that tries to get visitors to work with gesture cameras to do things like touchdown dances and cheerleader moves. Not a big fan of that stuff in public spaces, but in the closed environment of a sports museum I can see people actually fooling around with “experience.”
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.