ActiveFloor™ System FAQ


ActiveFloor FAQ

Take a look through some of our Frequently Asked Questions for the ActiveFloor System. Chances are you'll find the answers you're looking for below!


Can you make different shaped floors with the ActiveFloor Panels?

Yes, the ActiveFloor panels can be designed into any shape or configuration.

Are the panels affected by lighting conditions in the room?

The panels can be used in a fully-lit room. The LEDs are quite bright and are easily visible under normal ambient lighting conditions. The IR sensors are unaffected by ambient light or any other IR source, such as cameras or Kinect sensors.

What is the maximum weight a single panel will support?

Each panel is .25 square meters (500mm x 500mm or 1.64' x 1.64'), and is tested to hold 660 lbs or 300 kilograms, which means 2640 lbs or 1200kg per square meter (2 x 2 Panels)

Can advertisements be displayed on the ActiveFloor?

Yes, BrightLogic's BLAST Software includes the ability to play a sequence of advertisements and still images. Switching between advertisements and interactive content can easily be automated by our scheduler. If you’re looking to have the Advertisements be interactive, we offer a Video Capture interface which enables Interactive Visualizers to be displayed over the top of the Ads.

Can I play videos on the ActiveFloor?

Absolutely, the ActiveFloor uses a standard HDMI Input, which enables any laptop or PC with an HDMI connector to play video/content on the floor.

Is the ActiveFloor System multi-touch?

Yes, each individual panel can trigger up to 64 sensors (touches) at a time, therefore if you have a 5 panel x 5 panel floor setup (that's a total of 1,600 potential touches), the ActiveFloor can respond to all of the those touches at the same time! We like to call it a Massively-Multi-Touch system.

How does the sensing work on the ActiveFloor?

Each ActiveFloor panel contains a grid of 64 embedded optical sensors (Infrared). The sensors are unaffected by ambient light.

Can I record the sensing information that's occurring on the ActiveFloor?

Yes, the ActiveFloor Server has the ability to play back all interactions. This information can also be used to present a heatmap of the floor. This statistical information is ideal for retail spaces where stores can identify where customers are dwelling for periods of time or as customers move around the store.

How do I change the content that's running on the ActiveFloor?

ActiveFloor System content can easily be changed by utilizing the features of the BLAST software (BrightLogic Application Switching Technology). This software enables any device, kiosk, iPhone, computer to change the content by simply sending a web request to the BLAST API. This simplifies the process of writing complex applications, it's as simple as a few lines of HTML and some basic javascript. 

Can I create my own content to run on the ActiveFloor?

Yes, the ActiveFloor System was designed to enable anyone to be able to develop custom content to run on the Floor. We have written sample applications in Unity3D, OpenFrameworks, Javascript, Objective-C, Swift, Java and TouchDesigner. The ActiveFloor sensing information is easily accessible via an XML API.

What are the power requirements of the ActiveFloor?

You can run 16 panels on a 20-Amp circuit at 120V, or 32 panels on a 20-Amp circuit at 220V.

Can the ActiveFloor™ be wall mounted?

Yes, the ActiveFloor can be wall mounted to create an interactive wall (with available mounting brackets), and all of the functionality of the ActiveFloor stays the same. This makes for a very fun painting or gaming surface.

When a person touches the floor, can you trigger external digital signage to respond to the touch?

Yes, the ActiveFloor has a feature called BLIS (BrightLogic Interconnect Server). BLIS has the ability for other applications (Digital Signage, Games, Mobile Devices) to connect and respond based on the person touching for the floor.

Can the interactive floor trigger external lighting, such as DMX compatible lights?

Yes, ActiveFloor content can be programmed to trigger specific DMX lighting fixtures, and can control all aspects of DMX lighting controls, such as 4, 6, 8 up to 24 channel lights. All this functionality is included in the Enhanced Lighting Controller (ELC) module. DMX messages or MIDI messages can also be sent to lighting consoles based on triggers from the ActiveFloor games.

How many LEDs are there in a single ActiveFloor Panel?

ActiveFloor 7.8mm panel has 4,096 LEDs per panel
ActiveFloor 5.9mm panel has 7,056 LEDs per panel

Note: both panels have 64 sensors per panel.

Do high-heels work on the ActiveFloor?

The panels are designed for full adult weight (and more) and work very well with a number of different types of shoes (including high-heeled shoes!). The polycarbonate surface is extremely resilient to wear.

How many people can the ActiveFloor sense at a time?

There is technically no limitation to the number of people that the ActiveFloor can detect at one time. Whether 1 or 500 people are on the ActiveFloor at a time, the content will immediately respond to any areas on the floor that has been triggered by sense data.