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July 29: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Remaking Cities Institute and Entertainment Technology Center Will Unveil Technology and Research for an Oakland Way-finding Initiative, Aug. 3

Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765
ecs@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon's Remaking Cities Institute and Entertainment Technology Center
Will Unveil Technology and Research for an Oakland Way-finding Initiative, Aug. 3


KioskWhat: The Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University developed several urban design and technical alternatives for way-finding systems, including analog and digital signage, interactive kiosks with touch screens, wireless data delivery to smart phones and laptop computers and real time transit and parking information. The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon designed and fabricated a prototype kiosk installation. This research and technology is part of a way-finding initiative called Innovation Oakland lead by the Oakland Task Force in partnership with the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), Carnegie Mellon, Carlow University, UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh.

"Innovation Oakland will provide direction and information for visitors and regular users, and will also demonstrate the integration of technology, design and public art," said Donald Carter, director of the RCI. "A primary goal of the study is to put Oakland on the map internationally as the leading example of cutting-edge research and best practices for way-finding design and digital applications."

Who: Carnegie Mellon faculty including Carter and MK Haley, associate executive producer of ETC, will demonstrate the kiosks and present the research conducted through Phase II of this initiative.

"The Innovation Oakland kiosk combines traditional print media in the form of a takeaway map, with high-tech online and interactive augmented reality features, launched when a special marker on the same map is held under a webcam," Haley said. "This allows guests in the Oakland area access to information, details, maps and even printed walking directions to areas of interest in the Oakland Business District."

When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3

Where: UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Lobby, 200 Lothrop Street, Oakland

Contact: For more information, please contact Eric Sloss, ecs@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-5756.

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Pictured above is a prototype of the Innovation Oakland kiosk.