The Canon Open Experience is a large facility at Canon’s London headquarters, created by Imagination working with Canon. The project is designed to take Canon’s clients through the company’s consultancy services. The digital content for this area included a series of touchscreen interactives with dynamic content, a large video wall with dynamic text animations and various SMART boards which also access this dynamic content. All of this data is served from a django based CMS. I worked as the Technical Manager, overseeing the entire project.
Working with Imagination and Facebook we created a website for investors to view Facebooks offering of their shares launch. Working to tight deadlines and complying with strict legal requirements our aim was to make the offering more appealing than normal drab versions that other companies used. The website also had to work across not only all current browsers but also redundant browsers that some banks still employ. The shares launch was opened to much fanfare and the website was featured on BBC News. I worked as a Technical manager, overseeing the project.
Working with Imagination over the past year for Ford’s Auto Shows we have created many unique experiences for visitors. The shows take place around the globe and target visitors of different ages, locations and attitudes. The largest show had 715,000 visitors.
The shows used Haptic and Kinect technologies to explain Ford’s Quality story. We used iPads so visitors can see how Ford Sync was used. We also had massive augmented reality experiences. All of this was tied together with RFID cards so visitors could take their experience home with them.
In 2012 I did some experiments with Neurosky’s Mindwave. The Mindwave monitors brainwave activity responding to concentration levels. It uses wireless technology to communicate with the computer via an API. I set up a simple flash application which drew out the thought process of the user. Surreal, random, fun.
Working with Imagination and Timeslice we created unique experience for fans at the UEFA Festival 2011 to capture and share with their friends. 40 synchronised cameras, arced around a stage captured the visitors bullet time moment. We then created and upload the videos so the visitor could share their Focus Cam shot at the festival or at home.
The videos generated over 75,000 views in just 5 days. The channel became one of YouTubes most viewed in the UK during the event. There was also huge amplification of Ford innovation and technology stories with inclusion on many blogging sites including BBC Online.
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I have been doing quite a few experiments with the Microsoft Kinect. Here I was looking at different ways of presenting video content outside of the overused touch and play mechanism, this is an example of how a user might ‘grab’ a video and manipulate the videos size using their hands.
With Spiral we worked on the new Atmosphere gallery at the Science Museum. This was a huge project, we made 4 interactives for it and each of them was incredibly detailed in content and look. We worked closely with the museum to get the correct message across to the visitor and employed some great illustrators to give each interactive its own unique look.
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For Pizza Express we made a series of mini games for their flag ship resturant in Richmond. Working with Spiral we created 3 games aimed at 4 to 12 year olds. The games are fun, quick and simple and proved to be incredibly popular.
The Coca-Cola Ideas Farm is an internal site for Coca-Cola. It is designed so it’s staff can add and express ideas to the rest of the Coca-Cola group. Working with Stuart Meredith at Graphics Monkey we created the home page to this site. Based around the simple concept of ideas growing the Coca-Cola bottles shadow create the ideas tree. The best ideas from users can be added to the tree by an administrator. The site is flexible enough to be visible on many different resolution (some of the staff still use 800×600 resolution screen).
This is a link to a version of the home page on my site www.simonlevitt.com/cocacola.
I was asked to create a showcase website for this great production studio in central London. We have loads of videos on there of each the directors and some nice transitions. I’ll write a little about the crazy tile flipping fun in a later post. It might seem easy to do but to keep CPU usage down I approached this a little differently.