Flu Season Inspires Contagious Digital Signage


São Paulo, Brazil, the largest city in South America and the tropical epicenter for H1N1 flu outbreaks in 2009 and 2016, is looking to minimize the impact of the respiratory influenza viruses this year with a clever and uniquely interactive digital display rollout. Commissioned by the Ministry of Health as an alert campaign, it was designed by advertising agency CC&P with Mauricio Oliveira and Fernando Freitas working as Creative Directors and Luciano Crisp and Gustavo Andrade working as Art Directors. As the video below illustrates, the screens feature a sneezing man repeatedly spraying water vapor onto pedestrians before reminding them to get vaccinated against the impending threat of flu season.

While mixing digital reality and actual reality in some way, shape or form seems to be a key to the industry’s future, one question, however, does spring to mind. How germ-free and clean is the water that sprays onto passersby if it just sitting stagnantly in the body of a digital display?

Same goes for a similar public art installation by Marck in Switzerland, which illustrates that synchronized liquid interactivity may be catching on. Check out this Instagram video to see it in action: https://www.instagram.com/p/8Q-SKvv00n/

To learn more about the Brazil’s vaccine program, visit https://portalarquivos.saude.gov.br/campanhas/vacinagripe2017/

About Author

Jason is a screenwriter, filmmaker, multimedia journalist and editor of DigitalSignageConnection.com. Since graduating from the University of South Florida with a journalism degree, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, Gogobot.com and TBO.com. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee explored the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees and the various environmental/economic repercussions. The film became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival. In 2015, he became editor of Digital Signage Expo’s partner site and has since worked his way up to Digital Content Manager for the Atlanta-based parent company, Exponation.

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