Ask the Board – March 9, 2020 | STEVE “CHEWIE” STAVAR


“Does gesture control really have a place in digital signage, or is it a flash-in-the-pan trend?”

Gesture control will always have a niche place in digital signage. The use of gesture control will evolve with installations at places like museums, science centers, and potentially sports venues. The problem with these installations is they are usually very specifically built.

There are two issues with this:

  • First, what is the ease of use to update the installation and content in three to five years? The refresh cycle needs to be accounted for in every installation. If a museum doesn’t update its content over time, what is the draw to keep coming back for the locals?
  • Second, what happens when the developer no longer supports the software, or the hardware used is no longer supported, or the platform it was built on becomes end of life? We are currently running into this situation with an NFC installation that was custom built in Windows 7, utilizing a Dropbox integration, and the company who provided the software will no longer support their product. Our best solution is to tear out that installation by the end of the year and develop a new experience that provides the same information.

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West Virginia University

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