Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HP New Media Gallery at the Newseum

I got to see a sneak preview of the gallery last night before it opened. It was so very cool. 

You come into the exhibit and the first thing you see is a screen that will take your picture. You then answer the question of the day. The picture is posted on a column in the middle of the exhibit.

Next are two large touch screen with various topics to pick from. You then learn about each of those topics. There might be Youtube video about them or tweets. The topics range from the serious to the not so serious. 

Then there is the make your own front page. There are a list of topics: National, World Politics, Business,Technology, Entertainment, Sports, Offbeat and Photos. You touch each of the categories and six stories are displayed. You can select from this list to "add" to your front page. You can also hit the refresh button to bring up additional stories. Once you've selected six stories you create the front page.

Here's a little more about the gallery:

WASHINGTON — The Newseum, in partnership with technology giant Hewlett-Packard, will open its 15th gallery on April 27, 2012.

The 2,500-square-foot HP New Media Gallery will be the first major gallery opening at the Newseum since 2008.

“The HP New Media gallery will give Newseum visitors a chance to step into a three-dimensional social network,” said Paul Sparrow, senior vice president of broadcasting at the Newseum.

Eight HP tablets in the “Check-In” station allow guests to snap a picture of themselves and post it to the gallery, email to a friend and/or publish on the Newseum’s website.

In “Choose the News,” visitors can flip through the latest news stories and build a customized tablet-based news page. The news pages are published to a large video wall powered by the HP Photon Engine solution.

At the “Story Board,” two 11-foot-wide HP VantagePoint touch walls let visitors read and watch milestone moments in the history of new media. Each wall has six monitors that allow up to 12 people to interact simultaneously.

The “Game Zone” offers four motion-tracking systems to play the trivia quiz “Dunk the Anchor.”

Two touch-screen monitors, one featuring live Twitter feeds and the other displaying photographs and content from the “Check-In” stations, instantly connect visitors to social networking.

Here are a few pictures of the new gallery.

This is the page I did. I called it Linus News

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