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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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