Monday, 23 August 2010

Decorative Displays in Zürich Railway Station

In the railway station in Zürich is a display that consists of 25.000 light units (=10x50x50 - by my counting). It seems that for each unit the color can be set. As there is some space between the lights one can see the "hidden" layers which makes it a sort of 3D image. So far it seems to be used only as an artistic/decorative display - or I did not get the meaning. There is also still "conventional" art in the railway station…

I recognized an interesting effect of human behavior. I looked at the electronic display for about 2 minutes and nobody took a photo of it. When I started taking the photos there were within 30 seconds 10 other people starting to take photos ;-) Perhaps we should create an application that makes this easier - consiting of three parts: (1) if someone takes a photo the photo application broadcasts this event, (2) an application running in the back ground monitoring when others take photos and records the location and (3) a page, folder or dynamic query that shows fotos for this location (and perhaps sorted by time difference to the recording of the event).

2 comments:

Flo said...

This is called honey pot effect - here is the reference:

Brignull, H., and Rogers, Y. 2003. Enticing people to interact with large public displays in public spaces. In Proceedings of INTERACT'03, Zurich, pp. 17-24.

Florian Michahelles said...

You're refering to Nova:
http://www.nova.ethz.ch/vision.php?setlanguage=E

Actually, close to the meeting point there is a panel where you can control the lights...