Researchers at Nottingham and Sussex
university have developed a new kind of interactive wall display for community
file sharing in public places, called Dynamo.
The idea is for it to be installed in public places, where you just walk up
and sit around it with a group of friends, connect whatever personal devices
you may have on you (e.g. laptop, camera, smartphone, etc), and share multimedia
with each other. What makes it different is that it's multi-user, so you all
get your own coloured pointer on the screen. It's intended to provide a fast,
easy and sociable way of sharing and exchanging files (from office documents
to multimedia) while face-to-face. It also provides noticeboard functions, allowing
you to post up items for others to take copies.
It's a neat idea, a bit like a cross between a noticeboard, a jukebox and a
multi-user desktop. The website
describes the system in detail, offers a demo
video, and the option to download the dynamo codebase, which was implemented
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