Time to think about DOOH

Mindpong at Ocean’s Eat Street @ Westfield London site
Mindpong at Ocean’s Eat Street @ Westfield London site

Thinking about the evolving role of digital out-of-home and where it sits in the complex multiscreening planning environment throws up some powerful possibilities.

It certainly got our minds racing when The Brain Tumour Charity asked us to help raise awareness and support for its work in a way that would make people stop and think.

What transpired was the world’s first interactive game of Pong using the power of the mind alongside digital out-of-home.

Mindpong debuted at Ocean’s Eat Street @ Westfield London location using breakthrough electroencephalography technology. With no need for handheld controls, a headband monitored electrical activity in players’ brains, connecting them and the game to the large-format, full-motion digital screen.

Players could move the on-screen paddle up and down by simply concentrating (to go up) or relaxing (to go down).

Participants were asked for a £1 donation to play. And charity volunteers were on hand to give advice on the symptoms of brain tumours, which kill more people under the age of 40 in the UK than any other cancer.

A winning campaign because the connection between the action and the cause was so strong. As a judge in this year’s The Art Of Outdoor Digital Competition, I look forward to some equally memorable entries.

Time to get thinking!

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