eq Wall - Video Prototype

Using green screening techniques to present the eq Wall interface and to demonstrate the user interactions. User interactions are both gestural (motion capture, responding to far and near movement) and intentional (multi-touch, using menu categories to explore content on Queensland).


Project Page: https://www.facebook.com/theEQwall

from Nicky Watson (MCI Student, UX Researcher):

Here is our concept for the BAC (Brisbane Airport Corporation) to develop a large interactive display for travellers, greeters and farewellers to digitally explore queensland at the Brisbane domestic and international airports. 

Been working with an amazing team this semester to research, conceptualise and design this project with the BAC and QUT. 

Hope you like our concept as much as we’ve enjoyed making it! 

A Masters of Interaction and Visual Design team project, working in collaboration with QUT and BAC to develop large scale digital interaction solutions.

DesFi 2014 - The eq Wall Project

We have our first video prototype ready to go for the new eq Wall Project:

The eq Wall is a large scale dynamic display, made up of six multi-touch screens, motion capture technology, and directional speakers, spanning over 3.7 metres in length and 2.2 metres in height. The eq Wall is designed to be modular, with the ability to be moved to any location within the Brisbane Airport Terminals. Likewise, the user interface and underlying system has been designed to allow the screen image and data-base content to be replaced allowing for an alternative display and menu content.

The teams’ focus was to design a visitor experience that was aesthetically inviting and surprising, responsive to both motion and touch (for far, near and close encounters), informative of Queensland and sustainable for future developments.

The above images illustrate the design process… from early brainstorming, case study analysis, wireframes, UX mock-ups and green screening… 

I will post the final video here soon…

Part Two: The MCI Cohort of 2014 go on their first site visit.

Adrian leads the Operations Group at BAC. His knowledge of the operations, stakeholders, experiences and systems of the Brisbane International Airport is overwhelming!

Adrian took the group to all of the main areas of the airport and discussed all of the various components, technologies, interfaces, pathways, and all of the various people, departments, organisations involved and how they intersect effectively and where and when the systems are problematic.

Part One: The MCI Cohort of 2014 go on their first site visit.

First they need to sign in for special access to all of the Brisbane International Airport areas - Arrivals, Departures, Transfers, Security, Customs etc

Then experts from the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) present the group with critical information that will impact their design proposals. The BAC staff are very generous with their time and expertise.

It is important to understand the dynamics of the context you will design for. Both from a client and user perspective

Looking out for occurrences in the system in which to intervene as interaction designers… to create a UX strategy and a UI solution that improves the experience for a particular stakeholder/s.

A huge welcome to the DesFi Cohort of 2014

A taste of the first lecture - Slides 4 and 7 above.

The introduction session will:

  • Introduce you to the DesFi Tradition of this unit
  • Take you through the Project Brief and Milestones
  • Outline the schedule that will take you from casual observer to future maker!

Bruce Sterling claims that Julian Bleecker ‘invented the interesting term “design fictions”’?

A formal definition exists: “Design fiction is the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change.”

I stumbled across the Wired article from another Design Fiction article on http://www.experientia.com This article also has some terrific video examples!!!

Made me realise that there was a growing community of ‘DesFi’ and ‘Near Future’ design educators out in the world… so I should clarify that in 2009 I began teaching a Masters course in Australia that I called “Design Fictions”. I began using a blog to share findings and prototypes in 2011: http://designfictions.tumblr.com/  (this tumblr!)

I use the term ‘DesFi’ as a play on ‘SciFi’. In that ‘SciFi’ narratives and visualisations are fictional scenarios based on scientific discoveries and discussions. Im particularly interested in how the genre of ‘science fiction' can provide an example approach for design students to consider when they are conceptualising potential designs for future contexts.

The DesFi approach allows design students to put aside existing limitations… such as current issues around voice recognition, language translators or even access to personal data. These limitations are based in technical, political and sometimes ethical arguments that, although undeniably critical to design feasibility, can suspend design innovations if we only consider the policies, technologies and processes that exist right now.

My premise to the students is that such contemporary concerns may be solved by another discipline in the near or far future. Consequently, attitudes will shift, new technologies will emerge and the criteria and inventory for design specifications will change.

Limiting our design ideas to current issues may dilute the potential for innovation… but more importantly, by prototyping great imaginative design solutions, we can increase the demand for change through demonstrating the possibilities that emerge from overcoming the conditions and contingencies of designing products for only todays market and todays user.

As a designer, Ive always enjoyed allowing some of my ideas to follow a ‘what if?’ tangent… this can take me on a journey to a ridiculous, and sometimes subversive place… or I can end up landing somewhere fantastic and inspired. Either way, something new and un-expected is bound to be found.

When I enable students to follow these DesFi tangents to a prototype stage… the discoveries are always dramatic… yet they can always be re-imagined and re-specified to be installed in current contexts. They may lose some of the ‘fantastic’… but they will always keep parts of the concepts that would not have been explored if they hadn’t travelled on the DesFi tangent.

Douwe Egberts - Bye Bye Red Eye

Tired People Get Free Coffee For Yawning At This Machine

"Walk up to the machine, yawn, collect free coffee.
210 potential customers in South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport were treated to the free java… The software detects the shape and movement of muscles in the face, and comparing them to stored templates. As soon as it sees a yawn, it pours out a cup.”  Robert Ferris. 27 July 2013. Business Insider. Australia.

Douwe Egberts South Africa FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DouweEgbertsSA

The Agency: Joe Public


"We wanted consumers not only to experience Douwe Egberts coffee, but also ensure that the brand makes a lasting impression on its upper LSM consumer target audience"  Joe Public’s Chief Creative Officer Pepe Marais

TEDx QUT To feature our work!

Come see the 2013 MCI IVD Cohort display their innovative concepts for the Brisbane International Airport in the TEDxQUT Innovation Alley on August 10QUT Gardens Point Campus (Brisbane, Australia) - Level 4 of P Block (the new Science and Engineering Building!). See the map image above.

This year QUT’s Master of Creative Industries students have worked on some amazing concepts for future ambience and entertainment options at Brisbane Airport. Get a sneak peak of how your airport journeys could be made more exciting in the future!


Innovation Alley will be open to the public as well as the 120 TEDxQUT invited guests 10am to 4pm on Saturday 10th August.


What is a TEDx Event? 

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. 


See also TED Talks: http://www.ted.com/talks for inspiration!

Again… from Group 1.

These are sections of the Project Posters presented to the BAC on May 29, 2013… )

The groups presented 4 x A1 posters to present their context analysis, case study research, design concepts and final designs.

During the presentations they also screened their video prototypes that demonstrate their design solutions in context (using green-screening techniques.

Terrific results on the Airport of the Future Project for the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

Group 1: The SmartAirport App.

Justin Aquilina,Mi Young Park,Shih-Ya Wang (Emily),Cem Caliskan, Bekir Gunes.

This group developed a prototype for a SmartAirport mobile application with key features that improve a travellers experience in the Brisbane International Airport, regardless of their language… specifically assisting them in way-finding and form-filling.

Found on Group 1’s facebook page:

Kuwait’s First Largest Interactive Floor Projection System
23 meters x 6 meters 
Installed and Programmed  for a royal wedding in Arraya Ballroom - Kuwait on 28th Oct 2010.

Group 1 are concentrating on creating a virtual space of natural wander. Travellers at the Brisbane International Airport will enter this space and when they hold up there mobile devices they will see creatures flying, climbing and watching them from various parts of the rainforest scene projected all around them.

They have a terrific idea of having the floor interact in a similar way as seen in this video… of either leaves scattering or water rippling…

Group 2

This group is working on the concept of a Smart Photo Wall.

Passengers, before they depart or as soon as they arrive, can:

  1. view images of Australian scenes…
  2. take a snapshot of themselves and their friends in this scene…
  3. send photo to family and friends…

This image can be their first or final souvenir of their Australian adventure.


Group 3

Nearing the completion of their Airport Solution This is the first section of the video they will present to The Brisbane Airport Corporation in June 2013. Using green screening techniques the final video will present the groups concept of the SmartAirport application, demonstrating a scenario of use in context and highlighting the interfaces designed.

Currently the Airport has the SmartGate System and the ePassport Document.

We are designing a SmartAirport with our project including the SmartPath AR Navigation System and SmartFormdocumentations including outgoing and arrival passenger forms and unique eProfiles including all personal data and flight information of the passengers.

Group 3 tumblr: qutalp