D-FLIP Paintings (Booth 1)

Yoshifumi Kitamura, Tohoku University, Japan, Shoko Usui, Research Institute of Electrical Communication Tohoku University, Japan

We propose a dynamic, flexible, and interactive display platform for paintings. With this a prototype is developed which is possible to dynamically make a flexible layout of hundreds of paintings in real time according to the variety of interactions of the users. It is expected to stimulate more interactions among the users while viewing. Each of the paintings is like a living object saying look at me. This will enhance one of the most enjoyable parts of appreciating paintings, which is to share communicative art appreciation with friends, in the classroom or other group environments.
Each painting tries to become larger, and simultaneously try to avoid overlapping with neighbors on a PC display. The paintings which users take interests are enlarged for easy viewing. Information regarding the painting including title, author's name, museum information, era style, genre, production year, is displayed in the Wall Label which appears next to the enlarged painting. By choosing a feature from the Wall Label selections, users can view a group of paintings with similar attributes. Similarly, users can collect the paintings of similar color. In addition, users can collect the paintings with the same attributes within the circles drawn by his/her hand. The current prototype provides other useful functions such as “Map View” which shows the locations of the museums storing the paintings on the world map, and “Timeline View” which displays the paintings according to the date they were created.
Users can observe the displayed paintings on a PC display and interact with them by using cursors, touch panels, and gaze input devices. Multiple users may interact simultaneously with them while enjoying communications. Keyword inputs, which are detected by a speech recognition, may also be an input method. We can assume a variety of display hardware configurations based on this platform, such as the display resolution, the number of displays, also the size of the display.

A basic system which showed an example of displaying hundreds of digital photographs was demonstrated at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Emerging Technologies in Nov. 2013.
- Yoshifumi Kitamura, Chi Thanh Vi, Gengdai Liu, Kazuki Takashima, Yuichi Itoh, Sriram Subramanian: D-FLIP: Dynamic & Flexible Interactive PhotoShow,
SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, Emerging Technologies, Nov. 2013.

This basic system with photographs was published as a Journal paper with some evaluations through experiments;
- Chi Thanh Vi, Kazuki Takashima, Hitomi Yokoyama, Gengdai Liu, Yuichi Itoh, Sriram Subramanian and Yoshifumi Kitamura: A Dynamic Flexible and Interactive Display Method of Digital Photographs, Entertainment Computing, Elsevier, Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2014, Pages 451-462, 2014

Based on these experiences, this time we developed a D-Flip Paintings by expanding and improving the previous prototype.