AccuWeather Presents New Interactive Graphics System: StoryTeller

February 23, 2012; 3:43 PM
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State College, PA - February 23, 2012 - AccuWeather today announced the release of StoryTeller™, an Interactive Touchscreen System which brings any story to life like never before. StoryTeller engages viewers by putting all the elements of breaking news, sports, traffic and weather literally at one's fingertips.

"StoryTeller is a unique way to present your news segments, in ways not seen until now" said Ryan Ayres, Vice President, Display Systems and Services at AccuWeather. "We provide everything you need to present the news with interactive, leading-edge technology which will attract and engage viewers."

StoryTeller creates fresh, lively, personalized presentations that speak directly to audiences because it allows on-air talent to present information in a highly visual, highly advanced way. It makes it easy to incorporate live HD and SD video, graphic images, movies, and web and social media content into the presentation, especially for stories that are unfolding in real time.

Much more than just a piece of touchscreen hardware, StoryTeller includes specialized applications for news, sports, elections, traffic, and weather presentations. It also provides a library of informational videos and graphics for tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, making it easy to be first on the air with the story behind the headlines.

The proprietary interface includes special features to easily move story elements within the display and to quickly swipe from one full-screen scene to the next. StoryTeller has full telestration capabilities to explain the story in a clear and conversational style. With its full internet connectivity, the presenter can invite viewer commentary or highlight further coverage on the station website or through social media. The system also includes detailed 3-D maps to help illustrate locations of breaking news.

The StoryTeller touch surface is available in multiple sizes to support a variety of interactive presentation techniques. For example, the 82" wall-mounted screen accommodates two presenters - one on each side - in a highly conversational format. Another powerful configuration is a large screen on a special set - sports, elections, or the like - paired with a smaller screen at the anchor desk for interaction amongst the news team.

To experience StoryTeller for yourself, click here.

About AccuWeather, Inc.

Every day almost a half of a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile internet sites, and smart appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers -- a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news and weather content and video for more than 50,000 third-party websites, including The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and The New York Times.

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