Saturday, April 06, 2013

Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne on hand for Premiere of World's First Tourism-Focused Multi-Touch Interactive Table Exhibit for St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission

Lt. Governor of Louisiana Jay Dardenne on hand for Premiere of World's First Tourism-Focused Multi-Touch Interactive Table Exhibit by Teamwork Solutions Group, Ideum, and St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission
Casey Deshotels (right) CEO of Teamwork Solutions Group demonstrates custom interactive software running on the 55" Ideum Pro Table for Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne (3rd from right) and onlookers - Image - DailyWorld

As many of you know, I've been incredibly lucky to have completed a year-long engagement working with a fantastic team of individuals over at Teamwork Solution Group, and they just recently unveiled one of the most exciting projects I've ever had a chance to work on.

Celeste Gomez, the Executive Director for the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission approached us to help them leverage their portion of the BP Oil Spill Settlement Award to provide a unique experience for visitors to the Parish using the latest in cutting-edge multi-touch interactive table technology from Ideum.


Lt. Governor of Louisiana Jay Dardenne on hand for Premiere of World's First Tourism-Focused Multi-Touch Interactive Table Exhibit by Teamwork Solutions Group, Ideum, and St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission
The project required installing the 55" Pro Multi-Touch Table at the St. Landry Parish Visitor's Center, developing a custom interactive exhibit using the GestureWorks SDK & Adobe Action Script and integrating the exhibit with their Website & CMS so that the exhibit would be automatically updated whenever the site was changed.  If that sounds like a lot, it was.

I've written about Ideum's technology before, but Ideum has primarily sold these systems to high-end museums & large corporations, so there was no existing Tourism / Travel installations for us to reference for the project.  That wound up having some interesting technical implications as we discovered many of the use cases we had planned had never really been developed before.  Oh yeah, and there are less than 100 of these systems in the entire world, so first of it's kind isn't a euphemism here - we were really breaking new ground.

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission's Interactive Multi-Touch Interactive Table Exhibit Project: 55" Pro Multi-Touch Interactive Table w/ a custom interactive exhibit using GestureWorks SDK & Adobe Action Script and integrating the exhibit with their Website & CMS so that the exhibit would be automatically updated whenever the site was changed.
Fortunately for us, the team over at Ideum, led by CEO Jim Spadaccini, were outstanding and really got down and dirty with us to work through the design and implementation.  I have to say that there aren't too many technology companies I've worked with where you can be negotiating a reseller partnership with the CEO one minute and then have him jump on a call with his lead engineers to work through a problem with our team.

I'm excited to have been a part of the project and have had a chance to work with Celeste, Casey, Jim and their respective teams.  The passion and energy they brought to the effort really helped to make this project successful and I'm excited to see how Louisiana can leverage this technical lead to continue to grow tourism and bring new visitors to experience our culture.

You can see screenshots from the app and more on our Behance Project Portfolio.

Watch Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne's take on the exhibit below, and check out the links afterwards for more details from the Press Releases & News Coverage of the event.


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