Monday, September 14, 2009

Simon Fraser University Gets Digital Wayfinding


Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Surrey, B.C., recently added a digital wayfinding kiosk to its campus to assist new students unfamiliar with the college's layout and unusual architecture..

The interactive wayfinding kiosk is located on the mezzanine level of the campus and was developed by Matt Jeffrey and Gordon Manson, who graduated from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU Surrey last spring.

The map is displayed on a large, interactive, touch sensitive LCD. Once you choose your location the trajectory will appear on the map in 3D. You can search by location but also by events that are updated by RSS feed. There's even a portion of the screen that gives you a glimpse of what your classroom will look like.

The wayfinder was created as a project for a fourth-year interdisciplinary design course and Manson and Jeffrey say have plans to market the system to other institutions under the brand MapT Media.

For more details you can contact:

Gordon Manson, 778.782.8731, gwm@sfu.ca
Terry Lavender, PAMR, 778.782.2154, tjlavend@sfu.ca

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