SingTel Experience Centre is a technology showcase using “Minority Report” style-like body gestures to manipulate and interact with multimedia images (3 cities for now: Paris, Shanghai & Rio de Janeiro) on a giant 14m, 180° circular screen.
The center is open for the public and is located inside SingTel Shop at ComCentre (31 Exeter Road Singapore 239732), the opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and on Sunday or Public Holiday, it is open from 11 am to 8 pm.
It uses 10 Kinect sensors with each Kinect sensor attached to its own computer. These 10 Kinect sensors then send sensor information to a gesture server for processing. After processing, this information is sent to the imaging server which is connected to 6 giant overhead projectors, and that gives the user a uniform experience.
Each city is stitched together from 1000+ photos forming a 20 Gigapixel photo.
The SingTel Experience Centre at Comcentre showcases technology that uses intuitive Minority Report-style body gestures to manipulate and interact with multimedia images on a giant 14-meter, 180-degree circular screen.
The system is able to detect the presence of up to five concurrent users and automatically adjusts images to cater to each user.
At launch, the center features ultra-high definition images of three iconic cities: Paris, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro. Users can zoom in and out of images and navigate to points of interest through intuitive swimming-style movements and binoculars-like gestures. They can also take a photograph of themselves superimposed on the city landscape and share them via social networks.
Laboratory to explore interactive technologies
SingTel analyses data on how each user interacts with the system – what gestures they use, how quickly they learn, how they respond to tutorials, how they engage with natural gestures.
The information will enable SingTel to explore how technology can be applied in real-life commercial applications. For example, technology may potentially be used to track customer movements and preferences in a retail environment or in crowded events.
SingTel will share the knowledge with its regional associates so that all customers in the SingTel Group will benefit. It plans to establish experience centers in other cities in the coming months.
SingTel is working with partners to explore video conferencing technologies that use life-size 3-dimensional holographic images. It is also looking into eye-tracking technologies that may allow users to control virtual objects and electronic devices by sight. If successfully implemented, this technology can change the way computers and household appliances are used.
The SingTel Experience Centre will be open to the public from Thursday 6 November during normal SingTel Shop operating hours. For more information, please visit experiencecentre.sg.