Brilliant Facility Map Design

by Matt on April 10, 2009

I was down in St. Louis Park MN for some Commvault training in early March.  The training was at the Parkdale Plaza.  I got there early because I like to leave early in case there is traffic.  I also like to be early to everything if I can.  I hate being late and I have issues with people who are habitually late.

Enough of that.  I am really into how technology can be used to make our lives easier and more efficient.  I truly enjoy it when technology can be made easy for the non-technical people out there.  Back to my training story to which this side track relates.

I walked in and I was totally spun around.  Had no clue which way to turn or go.  I had it all figured out in my head but the layout of the building was a bit goofy to me.  I saw a 42 inch TV hanging on the wall and it had a big button on the screen that said “Push here for a map.” I was like “Whoa, this TV knows I am lost.”  I went up to it and hit the button on the screen.  I guess it was a 42 inch touchscreen TV.

I  was able to pick a letter in the alphabet once I clicked on the button.  The letter would bring up a list of business that exist in the Parkdale Plaza facility that start with that letter.  Cool stuff.  I select an ‘E’ because that was what the training facilities name started with.  I found the company that was hosting the training and I pushed the button that said “Map it out” or something like that.

Brillant Interface Design and Use of Technology

The screen took off in flurry of motion and it settled in nicely to should me how to get to where I needed to go. I was amazed to say the least.  I stood there and played with it.  I even tilted the TV out to look at the back of it.  Any good Geek worth his marbles would do this.

So this thing would show me to the elevator is I needed to use it.  It then would move to the correct floor on the screen and drew an arrow to the doors and lit up the suite.

I am in awe of this use of technology.  Can you imagine how this would help patrons at malls?  Nice work, Parkdale Plaza Management! It was very techtiful!

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