Naturalist Tables

Small Design Firm developed two completely custom interactive tables for the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Visitors to the museum are invited to pick up specimens from the museum collection and place them on a table surface. An RFID chip in the tagged specimen triggers video projection from above, unveiling activities and field guide information. There are over a hundred available specimens, ranging from mounted insects and preserved amphibians, to bird study skins and mammal skulls.

Interface behavior mockup animation:

NC Museum of Natural Sciences | Raleigh, NC | art director & project leader | 2012