9th May 2011 / Tom Quarry
There are many uses and functions to touch screen kiosks and one of them which is the most common and popular choice for deployment, is information providing and storing.
A kiosk can be used to archive info be it information for the public, for customers or for education purposes. This is the case in which a unit in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in India is archiving the life and works of famous Hindu spiritual leader Swami Chinmayananda.
The centre, which has been opened as part of the Chinmaya Mission, to keep alive the legacy of the renowned spiritual leader, comprises of an informative archive and audio-visual exhibit ad well as a rare collection of images.
The project, called Call of the Rishi, is an initiative to express gratitude towards the guru and involves a touch screen kiosk which allows visitors to interact directly with the master, ‘as if were lending a personal feel to the interaction.’ A 3D hologram of the leader’s portrait is displayed, giving the effect of moving eyes that follow the visitor.
The Chinmaya Heritage Centre, which is inscribed with 54 different names of Chinmayananda all over its doors, also includes a vivid photo gallery showcasing his life and works.
K Bhasker Reddy, director of Chinmaya Heritage Centre, said: “The archive centre was a tribute to the master whose contribution to the society and the nation is invaluable.”
Born Balakrishna Menon (Balan), Chinmayananda was a Hindu Indian spiritual teacher and leader who inspired the Chinmaya Mission in the early 19050s to spread the message of Vedanta. There is currently over 300 centres in India and world-wide with one simple aim; to provide individuals from any background the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society.
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