Activetuts+ (formerly known as Flashtuts+) has a simple tutorial on…how to detect intruders using Flash and a web cam. OK, you may not really need to use your digital signage to detect intruders but detecting motion can be an interesting way to add some interactivity or create interest in your digital sign.
Augmented reality is really hot these days and is only picking up steam. Some creative Flash programming and a $30 web-cam could be the poor man’s AR.
Earlier this year Transport Quebec launched a photo-radar pilot project at 15 locations across the province (6 being here in Montreal) to nab speeders and stop-light offenders. Break the law and get a statement of offense in the mail. But the surveillance technology isn’t only being used for keeping the highways safe–digital roadside billboards are using it too.
This is another great example of how digital OOH and the dynamic aspect of digital signage can target, or speak to, the audience. The only thing I would have changed would be to actually include the model name of the car in the copy. I don’t think including the license plate number is such a good idea. Driver’s will be a little surprised to see it up there and feel that its a breach of their privacy. Something along the lines of “The right oil for your Navigator is:” would wow any driver, reinforce brand-recognition and become the subject of water cooler talk, extending the reach of your ad without having drivers think the advertiser is logging data on them.
I like this District 9 ad (embedded below) that appeared on a CBS Outdoor Digital Screen at Toronto’s Bloor subway station. In the same vein as the movie’s faux-documentary style, it urges Toronto Transit Commision (TTC) travelers to report suspicious alien activity by calling a phone number or visiting the feature film’s website.
In terms of targeting, a small detail like including the line “Keep the TTC a humans only zone!” is much more feasible with digital than print and makes all the difference in the way it speaks to the audience. Add the alert-style messaging that seems right at home in the subway setting and gives it a quasi-real time feel, and you’ve got one engaging ad.
This ad also shows how digital signage can be used as middle media. The viewer can continue the experience and the advertiser can elaborate on its message when the target visits the displayed website (I called the phone # and it was a fax machine for whatever reason…maybe the campaign is done).