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Gesturetek intros immersive digital signage at Beijing Olympics

TORONTO — GestureTek Inc., provider of gesture-driven user interfaces, and Xpletive, innovators of immersive applications using next-generation technologies, have unveiled a custom-designed interactive attraction at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Click image to view a slideshow of the B.C. Explorer.
The immersive display, called the B.C. Explorer, was commissioned by the 2010 BC Olympic and Paralympic Games Secretariat to promote the Vancouver Winter Games and stimulate tourism and investment in Canada’s province of British Columbia.
The exhibit utilizes GestureTek’s patented hand tracking interface, robust visualization software, state-of-the-art 3D infrared camera technology, detailed geospatial data and a curved panoramic projection dome to immerse users in the exhilarating experience of flying over the province of British Columbia.

Click here to view a video of the B.C. Explorer.
GestureTek’s system tracks hand movement in complete 3D space, capturing depth information with unparalleled accuracy and resolution. The effect is an incredibly authentic 3D interactive experience that can be delivered without the need for a remote or any other peripheral device.
Users interact with the B.C. Explorer with simple, intuitive gestures and control the experience by tilting, rotating or making a fist with their hand. “Flight Mode” lets users fly though lush forests, over mountains, along shorelines or through cities. Pushing the hand forward makes users fly faster. Tilting the hand sends users into a low flight pattern or a graceful arc across the sky. Making a fist stops the flight so that users can explore points of interest by playing full-screen HD movies on the main screen in the user’s designated language.

digital signage at Beijing Olympics