UFOscope at Aarhus Main Library
UFOscope is a prototype developed within the Playing Families project. The aim of the project is to obtain knowledge about families and play and to test models and concepts for families with children, especially within play and play culture in relation to libraries. During week 26 visitors can test UFOscope at the main library in Aarhus. Afterwards the prototype will be placed in Aalborg during the weeks 30-31 and at Randers library during the weeks 32-33.
The aspects of the projects are:
- To address the families and support joint activities across generations rather than to address individuals or individual age groups.
- Output: new, research-based knowledge about families with children, their needs and use of play activities.
- Research-based strategies and methods with research about play and user-centered design process with families as participants.
- Interdisciplinarity in the project partnership with a university, a GTS company, a children’s culture network and three public libraries.
Hence play across families is tested by developing instillation in the library context. Will the library become a meeting place for the family?
The prototype: An alien lands in the main library in its UFOscope and is now curious to learn more about this place. The so-called UFOscope gives the visitor the opportunity to see digital information in the library and with this tool he can inform the alien about Denmark. When the UFOscope runs over red graphic markings which are located all around the building, it is possible through sound, film, text and images to find secret information.
UFOscope is a development of an experience technology platform which has been previously used in the IXP project. It is developed using the principle to be exploring and thereby also stimulating in an exhibition environment.
This technology makes it possible to simulate a world beneath the floor and thus gives the visitor the illusion that he can find treasures beneath the floor. A RFID reader is placed under the UFOscope, which makes it possible to read RFID tags (and thereby start the different parts of the fictional world) which are placed under the graphic markings all around the library.
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