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Interactive Handrail :: 
The interactive handrail permits visitors to browse a timeline through a natural interface.
Interactive Handrail :: 
The custom capacitive sensor is embedded in the wooden rail.
Interactive Handrail :: 
Time is navigated by sweeping left and right.
Interactive Handrail :: 
Hovering on a date triggers the display of events on that date.
Interactive Handrail :: 
Related images are shown as well.
Interactive Handrail :: 
Dave Small conducts olfactory testing.
Interactive Handrail :: 
An early prototype system.
Interactive Handrail :: 
Driver software permits calibration of the capacitance values.

The interactive handrail allows visitors to navigate through a timeline of events by simply tracing a finger along a handrail. The timeline graphics are projected onto a curved architectural surface suspended above it in the lobby.

Blackdust developed a custom capacitive sensor for this application, comprising circuit design and software signal processing routines. The sensor sends its output via Ethernet to remote 3D graphics systems in the museum basement. This approach ensured interoperability and reliable long-range communications.

The Asia Society promotes understanding of Asia through art exhibits, educational programs, and public events. After the 2001 renovation of its New York headquarters, the Small Design Firm developed interactive displays for the new lobby. The handrail system was operated continuously for several years.


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