Mad Systems, the award-winning audiovisual and interactive system designer and integrator, demonstrated contactless solutions for touchscreen-type applications in its latest webinar.
Mad Systems is pleased to present new touchless technology for a post-COVID-19 world. This was showcased in the latest episode of its AV++ Webinar Series. During this, the company demonstrated three options for contactless options with touchscreen-type applications, for operators looking for safer interactive exhibits when they reopen.
Solutions for a post-COVID-19 world
“Ultimately, we have at least four solutions to deal with touchscreen exhibits, “says Brandy Alvarado, Business Development Manager for Mad Systems. “For some people, touching is still acceptable. So for those visitors, we can use touchscreens as they stand.
“In cases where IR bezels are used, we can move those further away from the screen, and existing touchscreens can be upgraded for non-touch use by adding an IR bezel. That touch overlay is moved away from the monitor or monitors, for a touchless option. Interactive content designers would need to account for an adjusted parallax and make sure any ‘buttons’ are big enough to accommodate this change to the monitor.
“Another very affordable development is our Facial Tracking system built into our QuickSilver touchless interactive media servers. Patrons stand in front of the touch screen, look at the screen, and their facial movement is used to guide the cursor. To activate a button, just look at it for a second or so and the selection will be made.”
“We can also provide an alternate way for users to interact with a touchscreen by adding one of our sensors. Graphics could be included on or off-screen to indicate possible selections for users to activate content. All users would need to do is break the plane of the sensor, and the selection is made. Sensors provide an additional touchless method for controlling an interactive.”
Flexible QuickSilver system
Finally, the flexible QuickSilver system can allow for BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) capabilities. It was designed to be compatible with many different kinds of user interfaces. Guests can interact by scanning QR codes to access the controls for the exhibit.
The webinar featured a live demo of all of these developments in the Mad Lab. It can be watched again on the company’s website or YouTube channel.
“We’ve introduced several compelling alternatives to consider as a solution for designing a healthier and more sanitary experience for patrons,” says Maris Ensing, Founder and Engineer.
“As we now know, the COVID virus can stay on surfaces for a very long time. We’ve taken a very serious look at this and designed solutions to future-proof venues and make them safer. We want people to go back to a life that is closer to ’normal’, and that means that we have to make some changes.
“When it comes to theme parks, museums and visitor centres, and even office settings and trade shows, we need to create safe environments where people can be entertained and educated without ongoing concerns about catching this virus. We have to do something to get our lives back to a better kind of normal.”
The company is stepping up to help medical workers on the front line as they tackle coronavirus. Owner Tricia Rodriguez has been making masks for keyworkers while Ensing has produced a prototype ventilator.