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Healthcare AV: Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Center

The facility's highlight is an extended 80-foot x10-foot interactive video wall that uses GestureTek multitouch technology.

Healthcare AV: Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Center

Dec 4, 2014 10:45 AM

Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Center for Total Health features a 13,500-square-foot open-plan space that combines the latest in healthcare with cutting-edge AV technology. The highlight is an extended 80-foot x10-foot interactive video wall that uses GestureTek’s multi-touch technology to allow a large number of visitors to interact with both hands on the wall simultaneously.

One of the largest interactive multi-touch walls in the world, the “Every Body Walk” video mural aims to convey an attainable sense of personal responsibility for one’s health by encouraging visitors to incorporate walking into their lives and to build sustainable, walkable communities.

Integrated by Electrosonic Systems, the video wall employs GestureTek’s multi-projector multi-touch system. Cameras behind each 8-foot section of the wall sense touches on the screen and lets the user manipulate the dynamic content in a fully engaging manner. The wall is made up of eight Stewart Filmscreen Projection Glass screens and eight Christie DS10-KM projectors. The projectors are programmed to allow the screens to act independently or as a single long mural. Sixteen speakers mounted two over each screen deliver audio to visitors as they walk alongside the video wall.

Content creator Brand New School wrote, produced and directed a comprehensive, historical documentary for the center’s first zone and point of entry.

This story is then continued through six fully interactive touch-screen installations winding through the center. Personal experiences of real people — members, medical professionals, and researchers — teach visitors about a wide range of important healthcare topics.

“The space that held the wall was called the boxcar. It had access doors at each end and was probably about 10 feet deep,” says Andrew Kidd, business development manager/technology consultant at Electrosonic. “The projectors are behind mirrors that bounce the images onto the screen. The GestureTek works by having a camera behind the screen, so it doesn’t use the mirrors and points right at the screen. There are IR lightsources on the top and bottom of the screens on the outside that flood the front of the screen with IR, and it is the interaction between someone’s finger or hand through the IR that is detected.

“We chose GestureTek because Kaiser wanted to do something that was nominally a touchscreen — a huge one. We’ve worked with GestureTek before on large jobs. This is what they do — large interactive elements for media exhibits.”

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