Be There Now! is an interactive system that allows the exploration of different sceneries and immerses the users in various landscapes, by depicting the visitors standing before it, within the landscapes and the vistas projected, as if they were at that place.
The system comprises a large screen, a (physical) cube, and a touch screen.
The system contains a number of digital landscapes to which users can navigate by rotating the cube placed next to the system. In addition, users can take a snapshot and send it through e-mail to themselves or their friends, by touching the image of a camera on the nearby screen.
The implementation of this system involves computer vision technologies for the users’ background removal and image acquisition.
The system comes under the domain of info-tainment, which combines information and entertainment, while it is targeted mainly for use in public spaces.
An additional area of application is the field of advertising, as the content of the system can be suitable for promotion of any type of products.
Drossis, G., Ntelidakis, A., Grammenos, D., Zabulis, X., & Stephanidis, C. (2015). Immersing Users in Landscapes Using Large Scale Displays in Public Spaces. In N. Streitz & P. Markopoulos (Eds.), Distributed, Ambient, and Pervasive Interactions – Volume 21 of the combined Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International 2015), Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2-7 August, pp. 152-162. Berlin Heidelberg: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series of Springer http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-20804-6_14