3M Debuts Interactive Virtual Presenter at South by Southwest Interactive

Fri Mar 8, 2013 10:09am EST

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Digital Interactive Avatar Helps Conference Attendees Find Panels & More
AUSTIN, Texas--(Business Wire)--
Imagine a world in which you don`t need to speak to a car salesperson to get a
trade-in quote, or a restaurant hostess to find out the wait time, or a hotel
concierge to find the hottest city attraction. This world of dynamic digital
merchandising is now possible as 3M debuts its first fully integrated,
interactive Virtual Presenter at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW).

3M Virtual Presenter offers panel suggestions to SXSW Interactive attendees in
Austin, TX. (Photo: Business Wire)

SXSW attendees can interact with the life-like digital avatar through a touch
screen to get conference panel recommendations, learn more about 3M through a
game-like interface, and share information about their Virtual Presenter
experience with friends on Facebook and Twitter. The new addition of a
programmable touch panel to the 3M Virtual Presenter now unlocks the possibility
for countless interactive applications. 

Three Interactive Virtual Presenters will be on display throughout the Austin
Convention Center during SXSW Interactive 2013 for attendees to be inspired by
the possibilities of this new technology. These helpful "guides" will be on hand
at the Connection Centers (outside exhibit halls 2 and 4) and the 3M Interactive
Lounge (Meeting Room 1) to assist conference attendees with information. 

"The interactive 3M Virtual Presenter represents the next generation of
interactive digital communication," says Bill Hibbard, 3M Business Development
Manager. "While virtual presenters have been seen at trade shows, airports and
drugstores during the past few years, 3M`s new integrated, interactive virtual
presenter provides the opportunity to capture data, generate leads, customize
content and drive social engagement. With all the creative minds and innovation
leaders coming to Austin this week, we`re thrilled to enhance the SXSW
Interactive experience for attendees looking for schedule information." 

The 3M Interactive Virtual Presenter brings 3M`s unique culture of collaboration
to life, combining several key 3M technology areas - light management, films,
projection, touch systems and commercial graphics - to create an innovative
solution that can used to enhance communications and merchandise products. The
Virtual Presenter is made possible by 3M`s rear-projection film, which works
like an optical lens. Millions of nano-sized glass beads focus the projected
light so it exits at just one small point, while a black layer absorbs the
ambient light - producing a high-contrast image with wide viewing angles. 

3M will be launching a fully integrated interactive Virtual Presenter in April
in automotive dealerships, providing dealers with an innovative, less intrusive
way to generate sales leads. 3M is currently market testing the Interactive
Virtual Presenter in select dealerships in New York and Florida. For more
information, visit 3Mgraphics.com/virtualpresenter or follow @3MInnovation. 

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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