Even after living in the city for years, the Downtown District in Austin, TX can feel like an endless maze of iconic dive bars, restaurants and businesses. This was especially intimidating to the increasing number of tourists that flock to Austin — over 20 million people in 2016. Leaders at the Austin Convention Center, the city’s main event facility, wanted to provide a way for conventioneers and other downtown visitors to interact with the center and engage with the downtown business community. In a city that hosts a multitude of different nationalities, they needed an innovative solution that captured the attention of a broad range of cultures.
As part of a sidewalk improvement project, DynaTouch was contracted by Muniz Concrete & Contracting to work with MWM Design Group and Building Image Group (BIG) to design and install eight outdoor, wall-mounted touchscreen units for the Convention Center. Each 55” touchscreen unit is housed within large signs with LED backlighting, designed to look like giant name badges. Neon lights top each name badge – two with the words “Welcome” and six with the words “Hello, My Name is…” in different languages.
Users can choose one of two ways to introduce themselves to the City of Austin and take a quick selfie in front of their own giant name badge. On certain units they can choose “Draw” and use their finger to sketch a picture and add their name. On other units, they can select pre-designed background art, then pick their own fonts and colors to add their name or message. If not artistically inclined, visitors can choose to play games, learn some fun facts about Texas, and explore the Visit Austin website to find everything to do around the city. The kiosks provide these fun interactive functions using TIPS™ Kiosk Management Software.
“We sincerely appreciate the DynaTouch team going the extra mile on this,” stated Anthony Collier, Project Manager at the Austin Convention Center. “All the hard work their company has put into this project in helping it become a success is a testament to DynaTouch’s integrity, work ethic, and fortitude.”