UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into interactive display technologies Cleveland, Jeremy; Wu, Aaron; Davies, Alan


There is interest in putting an interactive display board in the new Student Union Building (SUB) at UBC. This report compares in depth various display and interactivity technologies and their respective benefits and disadvantages. This report also covers the optimal location for such a display board given the technology being used. After ruling out several other technologies, LCD and LED televisions are compared with regards to cost, social consideration, and economic impact. LED TVs are found to be the best choice, as they are cheaper over time and more environmentally friendly. Several interactive kiosk technologies are compared, including keyboards, mice, trackballs, touch screens, Kinect sensors, and voice command. Under a triple-bottom-line assessment, touch screens are found to be the most favourable, as they are more functional than the other options. After considering many factors, the walls at the centre of the atrium on the main floor are the best options for display board placement. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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