Ever wonder what an average learning environment will look like for your kids, grandkids and all the other subsequent generations of digital natives? While you may have correctly guessed that schools and other learning centers will be printing a hell of a lot less worksheets going forward, you probably didn’t envision the digital extravagance of The Wonder Room—a collaboration between Queensland, Australia’s creative digital solution agency Prendi and All Saints Anglican School, which occupies 40 hectares of the Gold Coast Hinterland.
The Wonder Room is the finished product of digital innovation and creative thinking that goes back to 2014 when talks between the two parties began. The goal was to build a next-generation classroom for both students and teachers complete with custom content, touchscreens, ambient projection, portrait displays and interactive white boards. There are even a few “chill-out” zones for the occasionally overstimulated youngster.
Created by Prendi, the screen content features multiple animated background themes: Under the Sea, Out in Space and The Jungle. The goal was to encourage students to search and find information for themselves, without direct guidance or labels. The content features nine categories and hundreds of learning items hidden within numerous layers of interactivity. That said, the focal core of the Wonder Room is undoubtedly the 1×5 Multtraction Video Wall—a forward-thinking touchscreen with built-in infrared cameras allowing for seamless touch capability, unlimited points of touch and recognition of QR code markers.
For more information, check out the video below and hear from Jason Wainwright, Director of Learning Culture (Pre-Prep – Year 12) at All Saints Anglican School:
Honorable mention for the Installation of the Week title goes to the Tostitos brand of corn chips for their limited-edition “Party Safe” Super Bowl bags. The special bag, created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, comes equipped with a sensor connected to a microcontroller calibrated to detect small traces of alcohol on a person’s breath. If any alcohol is detected, the sensor turns red and forms the image of a steering wheel, along with an Uber code and a “Don’t drink and drive” message.
The bag also uses near-field communication (NFC) technology, allowing fans to tap the bag with their phone to call a ride. With Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Tostitos will offer partygoers $10 off their Uber ride during and after “The Big Game” on February 5, 2017. Although safety may or may not be the primary motivation for this futuristic bag of chips, it is a true gimmick that earns points for timeliness and portability.