What are interactive installations?

An [[interactive installation]] is a designed system that serves some purpose, either artistic or functional. It is the whole of a system of separate parts and apparatuses including both material artefacts (hardware) as well as algorithmic parts (software). Both hardware and software conjointly aim to support the designed actions that the system will perform.

The design and development of such systems is mainly focusing to provide new forms of interaction.

Interactive installations can be categorised in:

  1. Interactive Art installations
  2. Interactive Entertainment Systems and Games
  3. Interactive Education and edutainment
  4. Interactive Presentations
  5. Advertisement
  6. Information Points / Infokiosks
  7. Interactive communication and collaboration


  1. FeedTank
  2. maeve

A list of interactive installations/applications


maeve home, from Interface Design team of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
is based on: reactivision, and MACE



Interactive installations for the Advertising Sector.

Catchyoo is a computer vision-based solution aimed at offering new medias to advertisers. Also called ambient advertising comes as a solution for floor, interactive tables, wall or objects. [>>] [>>] [>>]


Is a computer vision solution which focuses on supporting e-commerce. It is a gesture based interface and allows natural interaction with digital content. [>>]

This is not exactly holography, but basically a back-projection on a semitransparent surface


We illustrate a simple solution to deploy for events and exhibitions. AirStrike sensor is seamlessly installed inside the booth itself and only a narrow cleft allows the “eye contact” between the stereo vision cameras and the pointing fingers. This installation lets visitors interact with a distant screen by simply pointing in the air toward the screen. Exhibitors can use larger, higher quality screens which will be more visible to crowds, and will remain unharmed from them. Despite the “invisible technology”, the touchless interaction is highly attractive by itself. AirStrike’s precision allows virtually any type of content from picture browsing to hyperlink clicks, from web sites to 3D object handling. This configuration is so easy to deploy that it can also fit museums, digital signage or retail shops.