Interactive Video Booths
Developed in collaboration with BBC Norfolk, our interactive video booths have recorded participants' thoughts and feelings on a range of issues and have aquired somewhat of a cult status whilst touring to various public spaces around the UK.
Through the use of motion sensor controllers, our video booths provided a fully-automated experience, similar to stepping into the diary room of Big Brother, bringing the participants' interactions to life, stimulating intimate and honest exploration of ideas and opinions.
In collaboration with BBC Norfolk, cinema goers visiting Odeon cinemas were invited by one of our video booths (which housed the voice of Dave a.k.a. Digital Audio Visual Experience) to talk about films they had seen recently with other surprise appearances including visits to public libraries, exhibitions, events and various schools and colleges.
BBC Voices producer Gary Standley said "Dave creates virtual environments and when you enter, it is like being transported to another world. Dave may want to chat, but at other times you can just sit back and let Dave take you on a relaxing journey".
BBC Northern Ireland's video booth (Alfie a.k.a. Artificial Life Form Interactive Experience) has toured to the Ulster Museum in Belfast and other public spaces for key events and issues such as education, policing, sport, culture, politics and community development as well as being used as a sustainable way to gather content for BBC broadcasts.
Students at City Academy in Norwich have been taking a creative approach to learning through using one of our video booths to share their thoughts whilst immersed in a virtual world.
Likened to a "Big Brother diary room", the pod has proven popular with young students who have been queuing up to engage with poetry through its 32" screen and surround-sound audio.
Year 9 student, Ellie Ireland, describes her experience; "Sometimes poetry can be mega-boring but the pod is a fun, modern way to learn, understand and enjoy poetry. Stepping inside the black pod of wonder feels like stepping into the diary room of Big Brother. It really does bring poetry to life and allows you to explore poetry in a way you never have before: interpreting feelings and meanings. As soon as you step in, a sensor is activated and a voice starts talking to you. You get asked questions about what you think of the poetry and how you feel about learning new poems. Who would have thought teenagers would be queuing up to learn about poetry?"
Nigel Youngman, Vice Principal at City Academy Norwich said; "This has been an exciting opportunity for us to look at the power of technology in helping our pupils to explore creativity. Working with new technologies gives our pupils wonderful possibilities and with Digital Technology as our specialism, it is precisely the sort of creative project we should be doing."
Working with Norwich Castle Museum as part of their £12m development plan to transform the Castle Keep, one of our video booths housed the ghost of King Henry I who asked visitors of all ages for their help to turn his castle into the magnificent royal palace it was back in his time.
More than 250 people took part and their responses have helped shape ideas to transform the whole visitor experience.
Angela Riley, Project Officer, Keep Project said “Using the video booth as a form of consultation was a new experience for Norfolk Museums Service. It proved to be a really effective way to interact with our visitors, particularly our younger ones, to gather ideas for how we can improve the Castle experience through our development project. The booth created quite a buzz during a busy summer holiday period and the responses were just fantastic!”