Karlspreis

The Exhibit

Discover the Charlemagne Prize, its recipients, and the reasons for the award in a new way at four interactive pillars.
One interactive pillar on the first floor in the stairwell will answer frequently asked questions about the Charlemagne Prize. On the next landing you will find two other pillars, where you can find out more about the Charlemagne Prize laureates. You can tap on one of the 59 portraits to see his biography or excerpts from his speech or eulogy. Particularly interesting is the cloud of words above the portrait. It shows words that appeared frequently in the speech automatically excluding conjunctions like "and". This highlights hot topics of a specific speech, e.g., "Russia" and allows for interesting comparisons among laureates and their tag clouds.

Implementation
The exhibit is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and a combination of a 32" display with a capacitive touch layer on top. The software is based on HTML 5 and CSS 3 for laying out the portraits, texts, and buttons. We use JavaScript to respond to the user's touch input. Most interesting are the tag clouds. They are histograms of the words appearing in a given speech. The are layouted using a randomised approach. Starting from a center textblock, other textblocks are randomly attached to its borders while preventing overlaps. This makes them look compact, but not boring.

We deployed four exhibits in the Aachen town hall that can be visited during the regular opening hours.





Created by moellers. Last Modification: Wednesday 07 of November, 2018 09:26:43 by corsten.

Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen

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