These interactive tables showcase the concept art that helped shape the ecology and technology seen in the movie. Using an interface that combines physical tokens with a multitouch surface, guests can explore artist concept sketches, director’s notes and prototype 3D models created by the movie production team.
Combining physical tokens with natural gestures such as “tap,” “swipe” and “stretch,” provides the basis for a highly efficient interface. Users can quickly open and close topics by adding or removing tokens from the surface.
The horizontal orientation and wide surface area also have the beneficial effect of helping initiate social interactions. People actively enjoy sharing what they discover, passing imagery and tokens along the surface - for friends to get a closer view.
The exhibit won two international design awards and became a core technology for Snibbe Interactive during my tenure as creative director. Variations of the technology were later installed in dozens of museums across Europe, Australia, and the USA.