Yasushi Noguchi Projects Installations, Public Projects, Software, Photos etc.

c-loc Software
Field Art 005
working with c-loc Software Project Team
Exhibition/Prize History

Digital Content Expo 2010 (2009.10.14-10.17)
Digital Content Expo 2009 (2009.10.22-10.25)
SIGGPAPH 2009(2009.8.3-8.7)

Documentation Video (on YouTube)

Abstract

c-loc Software is time-and-space mapping software by which anyone can simultaneously visualize chronological and geographical data as three three-dimensional graphics.
Texts, sounds, images and movies can be registered as objects that are categorized with the shape, size, color and alpha of icons. Lines that connect the objects in the same category can be categorized as well.
Moreover, the software has the function for importing CSV files and GPS logs.
c-loc software is especially designed as an interactive kiosk for a museum using a touch screen and area control technology.

Keywords
Software Design Methodology, Interaction Design, Interface Design, Interactive Kiosk, Information Aesthetics, Global Information System

1. Introduction

In recent years, Geographic Information System (GIS) for consumers such as Google Maps/Earth has been very popular and everyone enjoys collecting and editing his or her memory using those media.
Nevertheless, even though those are well designed to visualize diverse geographical data, they cannot present geographical and chronological information at the same time. Some GIS systems have a chronological function, but it is only animation.
However, isn’t there any other way to integrate two different data?
c-loc software offers a new way to visualize time and space using a time layer scheme and interactive three-dimensional graphics.
It is suitable for people who want to investigate the relationship between the geographical and chronological information of archeology, ethnology and history such as the archive of earthen vessels.

2. Who are the Target Users?

People who are in a wide range of fields are target users such as archeologists, folklorists, ethnologists, anthropologists, historians, urban researchers and someone who wants to edit an autobiography or a travel book and so on. The software can be used in many ways.

3. Software & Interface

An editor can import chronological maps and define year, month, day, hour, minute and second. Any type of map can be used depending on the editor’s purpose.
Time’s arrow goes from the bottom to the top of the interface. It is the layer of time (figure1, 2).

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figure2

top: figure3, bottom: figure4

Objects can be created and categorized (figure3). Text, image, sound or movie is registered as an object and the size, color and alpha of the object is customized. In addition, lines that connect objects in the same category can be customized as well.

The position of the camera is registered as a button. By pressing it, the camera moves to a target point.
Furthermore, there is a function for importing and exporting a CSV file so that an existing database is easily able to be converted into data for c-loc software. In addition, GPS data can be imported into the software. If photos that users already took have location data (e.g. latitude, longitude and time) as EXIF data, those photos will automatically be imported and placed in the c-loc software.

4. Touch Screen & Area Control

The interface of c-loc software is unique and easy to use because of a touch screen and area control technology.
If a user drags within the center circle, objects will be rotated.
Likewise, a user can pan the objects by dragging outside the circle. The left side area is expanding and shrinking a time interval. The right side area is zooming in and out (figure4).

5. Technical Specs.

2 black boxes including 32 inch-LED screen: 900mm x 820mm x 750mm (W x H x D)
2 laptop computers (macBook Pro)