Grimeton RAdio station
The Grimeton Radio Station exhibition shines a light on the RCA, a worldwide long-wave radio network established in the 1920s. Visitors learn about telecommunication then and now. Interactive exhibits allow visitors hands-on experiences with Morse code and other forms of messaging.
CLIENT / CONCEPTArt+Com Studios
SOFTWARE / GUINEOANALOG
SITEGrimeton Radio Station, Sweden
Sending a message
This exhibit allows visitors to send messages using Morse code. It is equipped with a 4K touch-screen, an authentic telegraph key and a thermal printer.
Visitors compose messages via the touch screen. The message then gets translated into Morse code.
Playful interaction: Users type their message in via telegraph key.
The message is being transmitted across the world from Varberg, Sweden to Long Island, USA – the main station of the RCA network.
After transmission the message is decoded back into type and can be printed to take home.
The telegram is printing...
Messaging 1925 and today
The media wall contrasts telecommunication in 1925 and today. The figures from 1925 are printed on glass (white). Four generative information graphics on concealed screens illustrate cost, volume, reach and distribution (blue). An input terminal allows users to add in their usage of messaging (gold) and see them put into context in engaging real-time animations.
The user interface connects to the glass monolith. The visitor is asked questions on his/her own take on messaging.
Both media stations are build upon Unity3D and feature realtime 3D animation.
The telegraph key connects to our app via micro-controller.
Prints are released from the thermal printer The printing process is synchronized so the physical telegram appears from the printer right as the virtual one leaves the screen.
One machine serves the media wall's four screens. An additional PC runs the terminal. Both are running Unity3D applications corresponding via UDP.