Detailed look at CNN’s virtual Capitol

Here’s a look at CNN’s virtual Capitol that was used to show shifts of power in Congress throughout the night. It’s an interesting idea, but other than a “cool factor” it doesn’t really add much to the presentation of the data. Really, it doesn’t do much more than a standard full screen graphic would do.

It would have been more interesting if CNN anchors interacted more with the animation, such as pointing to it; for some reason it doesn’t seem like they were able to. Another idea would have been to project it on the floor of the studio and allowed anchors to walk around it.

More images after the jump…

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  • Anonymous

    The graphic was achieved through a technique similar to augmented reality, where software tracks points on the table to raise a 3D model above it. The anchors could not interact with it because the graphic is on a layer above the camera video, and the anchors shouldn’t interact with the table because they can intersect the tracking points and cause tracking problems.

  • The thing was harder to read than the touch screen. You can’t read the state’s letters in the capitol. They should stick to the touch screen.

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