End Point assisted by supplying the servers, frame, and display hardware for this temporary installation. The NCoIH supplied panoramic photos, historical records, and location information. Together using our Roscoe Content Management Application, we built out presentations that guided the viewer through several storylines for each location: viewers could see the early periods of Trial & Error and then later industrial mastery, or could view the locations by technology: coal mining, shipbuilding, and steel making. The touchscreen interface was custom-designed to allow a self-exploration among these storylines, and also showed thumbnail images of each scene in the presentations that, when touched, brought the viewer directly to that location and showed a short explanatory text, historical photos, as well as transitioning directly into Google Street View to show the preserved site.
From a technical point of view, End Point debuted several new features with this deployment:
- New scene control and editing functionalities in the Roscoe Content Management System
- A new touchscreen interface that shows presentations and scenes within a presentation in a compact, clean layout
- A new Street View interface that allows the "pinch and zoom" map navigation that we all expect from our smart phones and tablets
- Debut of the new ROS-based operating system, including new ROS-nodes that can control Google Earth, Street View, panoramic content viewers, browser windows, and other interfaces
- Deployment of some very nice NEC professional-grade displays