Visitors to the El Paso Museum of History will have a new, high-tech 3-D interactive wall to play with later this year, the first TouchCity Digital Wall in the country and only the second in the world. The 180 square-foot interactive digital wall we be built just outside the Museum’s entrance and will stretch 36 feet long and five feet high.
|Digital Wall users will be able to upload photographs to the wall as |
well as send postcards anywhere on the planet. (Museum of History)
The first TouchCity Digital Wall debuted in Copenhagen, Denmark, where 400,000 visitors viewed more than two million images in the first six months. Another 60,000 postcards were send from the wall. A third TouchCity wall is planned for Cairo, Egypt. The video below shows how the interaction will take place between the user and the digital wall, from the planned Cairo 3-D map.
Gibson Group of New Zealand, the production firm that created the TouchCity Digital Wall, describes it as a giant “interactive kiosk designed to give a wide public audience on the streets direct and playful access to their museum’s collections, and to add their own material in real time.” The touch screens allow users to explore “maps” using images and videos from both the museums they serve and the public.
|The interactive wall will stand five feet tall just outside the Museum’s entrance. (Museum of History)|
Museum officials would like to raise another $1 million in order to build an enclosed glass structure around the courtyard that will help protect the Digital Wall and its users from the elements. The Museum has launched its Star Campaign to help raise the funds to complete this “Welcome Center,” which will be directly across the street from the Triple-A ballpark currently under construction.
Those interested in donating to the cause can “adopt” stars inside the future glass structure that will form the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor constellations (Big Dipper and Little Dipper). Donations range from $10,000 per star to $500,000 for the entire constellation, with a $1 million donation securing naming rights for the Welcome Center.
|The TouchCity Digital Wall at the Museum of History will allow users to explore |
El Paso using a 3-D map that uses images and video. (Museum of History)