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Amalgamating Immersive Technologies: The New Frontier of Digital Out-of-Home Advertising

Challenges and Possibilities of Integrating Interactive, Immersive Elements into Traditional Digital Out-of-Home Advertising Spaces

In today’s world of DooH advertising, brands are looking for new ways to create memorable experiences that engage audiences and leave a lasting impression.

In the past, digital out-of-home advertising (DOOH) has brought about new opportunities for brands to connect with their audiences in innovative ways. However, to truly stand out in this competitive space, DooH must embrace the latest technologies and push the boundaries and essentially re-evaluate of what is possible.

amalgamating immersive technologies: the new frontier of digital out-of-home advertising

The Importance of Context and Storytelling
in Digital Out-of-Home Advertising

While technology is important in creating immersive experiences, it’s essential not to lose sight of the importance of context and storytelling in integrating interactive components to DOOH advertising. It is vital for brands to understand the audience and context in which their ads will be displayed for us to create campaigns that resonate with that audience. This requires a deep understanding of the audience’s needs, desires, and expectations, as well as the ability to craft a compelling narrative that will capture their attention in a subtle but clever way.

The versatility and impact of interactive installations in DOOH advertising is becoming increasingly evident as brands embrace new technologies to create more memorable and engaging experiences. From motion sensors to AR activations and Binaural Audio Experiences, the possibilities are endless. And for the truly clever, there are even more unique ways to engage audiences. With the right balance of creativity and execution, the integration of immersive and interactive technologies in DOOH advertising will continue to be a game changer.

Challenges and Possibilities of Integrating Interactive Elements into Traditional Digital Out-of-Home Advertising Spaces

While the possibilities of interactive installations are vast, integrating them into traditional DOOH spaces can pose challenges. Brands must consider factors such as cost, logistics, and technical limitations when creating interactive campaigns. However, with the right planning and execution, the benefits of creating a more immersive experience for audiences can far outweigh the challenges.

The Future of Digital Out-of-Home Advertising: Nauraa, AR, Sensors and More

There are various ways to incorporate AR into the DOOH space. One such way is to use markers or QR codes on static billboards that activate AR content when scanned by a smartphone.

Location-Based AR
Another way is to use location-based AR, where AR content is triggered based on the viewer’s proximity to the billboard or other DOOH installations. This could be done using a digital beacon or GPS technology. Additionally, AR can be incorporated into interactive installations, allowing for real-time interaction between the audience and the respective AR content.

holographic displays
One exciting possibility for AR in DOOH advertising is the use of holographic displays. These displays use a combination of light and sound to create a 3D image that appears to float in mid-air. With AR technology, the viewer could interact with the holographic image in real-time, creating a truly immersive and memorable experience.

An example of an AR holographic display is the Magic Leap 2 headset, which uses spatial computing to create holographic images and overlay them onto the real world. The headset uses sensors and cameras to map the environment and create a 3D model of the space, which allows the user to interact with digital objects as if they were real. Another example is the Microsoft HoloLens 2, which uses similar technology to create interactive holograms in the user’s field of view. These devices are primarily used for enterprise and educational applications, but I don’t think I am being too optimistic when I say we will probably see Apple-Glass by mid/end 2025, which is a true milestone and it gives us just enough time
to prepare.

Gamification
Another excellent way that comes to mind to incorporate AR into DOOH advertising is to use it as a tool for gamification. Brands could create AR-powered games or scavenger hunts that encourage viewers to engage with the advertising content in a fun and interactive way.

It’s important to note that incorporating AR into DOOH advertising does require some additional considerations, such as ensuring that the AR content is compatible with a wide range of mobile devices and that it doesn’t detract from the overall message of the advertising campaign. Additionally, special 3D content may be required to create the desired AR experience. However, the benefits of incorporating AR into DOOH advertising can include increased engagement, metrics, improved brand recognition, and a more memorable and impactful campaign overall.

Looking to (not too into) the future, there are several emerging technologies that have the potential to revolutionize DOOH advertising. For the past couple of years (the pandemic years) my team and I have been tirelessly working on a new tech we have come to know and love as “Nauraa”.

Nauraa environment allows us to add a number of components such as immersive audio and visual experiences through binaural audio, augmented reality (AR) activation within the DooH space. Not something I will be discussing today as I’ve already said too much.

Forced Perspective on Curved LED Displays: A Unique Integration in DOOH Advertising

Forced perspective on curved LED displays is an innovative technique that has recently become popular in DOOH advertising. The technique leverages the unique properties of curved screens to create stunning visuals that capture the audience’s attention and immerse them in the ad’s message.

In this technique, the content displayed on the screen is designed in such a way that it appears to be three-dimensional, even though it’s being displayed on a flat surface. By taking advantage of the curvature of the screen, the content is distorted to create an illusion of depth, making it appear as though it’s jumping out of the screen.

One of the pros of using forced perspective on curved LED displays is that it creates a more immersive experience for the audience. By making the content appear three-dimensional, the audience feels as though they’re a part of the action, rather than just passive viewers. Additionally, the use of curved screens makes the ad stand out from traditional flat displays, attracting more attention from potential customers.

However, there are also some cons to using this technique. One of the main challenges is creating content that is optimized for curved screens. Creating 3D content that looks good on a curved screen requires specialized skills and software, which can be costly and time-consuming. Additionally, there is the risk that the effect may not work properly if the viewer is not in the optimal viewing position, which could reduce the effectiveness of the ad.

Despite these challenges, the use of forced perspective on curved LED displays is a relatively fresh development in DOOH advertising. By creating these memorable experiences for audiences, more daring brands can attract substantial attention and create a stronger connection with potential customers. As technology continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how this technique is further developed and refined to create even more compelling interaction.

To my conclusion, the amalgamation of interactive and immersive technologies has opened up a new frontier in DOOH advertising. By embracing the latest technologies and pushing the boundaries of what is possible, brands can create immersive and unforgettable experiences for their audiences. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the importance of context and storytelling in crafting compelling campaigns that resonate with the audience. With the right planning, execution, and amalgamation of technology and creativity, DooH corporations can elevate their respective clients to a new level and engage with their audiences in unique and meaningful ways.

The future of Digital out-of-Home is bright and exciting, and those who embrace the latest technological advancements and concepts today will undoubtedly lead the way in creating the industry with award-winning memorable and impactful campaigns. As immersive technologists, we continue to advance and evolve, the possibilities for DOOH advertising are limitless.

The future is here, and it’s time for DooH to seize the moment and make their mark on the world of advertising.


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