The Galaxy Table is a concept for an interactive Installation about Galaxies and Space. It was developed as a table-based multitouch application. A slowly moving spiral of stars is the heart of the application. The user can interact with them and explore the content lying it. As he touches the information button, the stars start to move away from their default position to create graphics about several space-related topics.
FH Joanneum // Free Project // July 2011
Projectpartner: Stefan Kuzaj
Software: Illustrator, Processing
Exhibited at World Usability Day 2011 Mannheim
The main interaction principle is based on infrared technique. The user can influence the whole system without even touching the surface. In this case all the particles get displaced from each position in proportion to the distance of the hand. This assures an intuitive and fast learning interaction: