For the new Århus library there is a concept of a product where children can tell their own thoughts about a books straight to the book. The stories can be then listen from the books. The video shows several other concepts, too.
I am not sure what would be the add-value of having augmented 3D books in the library, but maybe we could consider some adaptation of this idea. Having some smart tags (QR-codes, tags) one may point with a mobile phone to bring to the big screen a “virtual” character telling stories, listing stories, providing guidance, etc.
In the design team we have discussed about the possibility to use some displays for different purposes. The displays could be used:
to provide the visitors with some basic information: timetables, weather, whats going on in the town etc.
to show and watch movies and other audiovisual content
to play games
to create atmosphere and audiovisual experience
There are some interesting new display technologies we could take a closer look and consider a a solution for this.
So call “smart glass” is a solution where the glass’ transparency is controlled electronically. The glass can be used for projection, too, from front and back. In Finland, at least one company provides this solution in a glass and as a sheet that can be installed later.
Samsung has recently present something called Smart Window. Practically it is a transparent display. One can see through it and use it as a computer display. Here is a video of it:
We also have discussed about the multitouch features of the displays. The products of the Multitouch are also interesting, although I am not sure how well they would stand in a bus or vehicle. here is a video: