IntuiFace + Microsoft Production Studios = Well, take a look…
Microsoft Production Studios, in collaboration with RUN Studios, used IntuiFace to create a variety of interactive experiences for Microsoft-hosted events and locations. Everything you see in the above video was built using IntuiFace. No coding, just creative designers with great ideas.
Digital storytelling with multi-touch displays
During the past months I focused my professional efforts towards a very specific goal: exploring the art of storytelling through interactive content that people can experience on large touch displays, in particular the awesome Microsoft Perceptive Pixel.
In partnership with Microsoft Production Studios, I’ve been invited to ideate, design and develop a variety of applications that have been featured in several company tradeshows.
Rather than just posting some photos, I thought it’d be more fun to share a couple of virtual walk-throughs created in Photosynth using a sequence of images captured with my GoPro. Enjoy!
#wpc2014 - industry evidence booth walkthrough by tosolini on photosynth
ww communities and campus @ techready19 by tosolini on photosynth
On the red carpet for a pre-Oscars event
A few weeks before the big Academy Awards event, I had the privilege to be invited at the Oscars Nominees party organized by The Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles (check out their nice video summary).
Our client Microsoft Bing sponsored an interactive kiosk on the red carpet, and celebrities were invited to cast their ballot on who was going to win this year.
Together with our designer Stephanie Smythies, we created an app that ran on a large 55” multi-touch Perceptive Pixel display. It was highly rewarding watching directors and actors such as Bruce Dern, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy engaging with the experience and having fun with it.
Definitely an unforgettable night for me.
TV@Work - A podcast interview with Ron Shewchuk
Ron Shewchuk is the producer of the podcast TV@Work, a show focusing on best practices, ideas and innovation in the enterprise social video space.
I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Ron for his episode #4, which is affiliated to the popular podcast series For Immediate Release produced by Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson.
Here is the interview. Enjoy!
Podcast interview with Ron Shewchuk and Paolo Tosolini
HTML5 + Cloud + Media = Interactive Digital Signage
At my company RUN Studios, we live and breathe visual experiences in the form of videos, motion graphics and 3D animations. All of this media usually ends up on our clients’ web sites, intranets and quite often on big screens at corporate events (and sometimes, on Times Square!).
So it became natural to ask ourselves: How can we make this media more interactive? How about making it mobile too?
We started crafting a vision for a digital signage experience for the retail and hospitality industries, that could be enjoyed not only on desktop PCs, but also on tablets, smartphones and big screen TVs. Furthermore, we wanted to give a choice to users among mouse, keyboard, gestures and touch, as input mechanisms.
To accomplish our goals we needed a capable development partner with a solid background in UX design. Following a careful research, we decided to partner with the Peloton Alliance to turn this idea into reality.
After several months of planning, development and testing, we finally released our first prototype architected around the latest web technologies; namely HTML5 and cloud services. Our media wall application features:
- 3D media carousel functionality (scroll, select, play)
- Standard support for video, graphics, tags and slide show media types
- Support for custom media types (e.g. streaming, twitter feed, web widgets)
- Input via Microsoft Kinect, touch screen and mouse
- HTML5 compatibility (IE10, Safari, Chrome)
- Local or cloud media storage (Amazon, Microsoft Azure)
Here is a short case study video of our app.