Past Projects – 2007-2010

The Ft. Collins Museum and Discovery Center, Ft. Collins, CO

Scope:  Developed AMX control program and touch panel pages to control both manually and via a user changeable schedule four projectors and ten AMX power controllers. Also provided a custom NetLinx interface to control seven Windows PCs via another vendor’s PC interface.

Contracted by: Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  October, 2012

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Museum, The Cleveland FRB Learning Center, Cleveland, OH

Scope:  Provided 12 Exhibit Power Commandos that provided control over 15, widely scattered exhibits. The NetLinx master program and touch panel pages not only provided control and diagnostics over the Exhibit Power Commandos, but also provided show control over the Stone Money Theater, with active lighting effects and a BrightSign (Roku) mpeg player. The show had both a manual and automatic 15-minute cycling modes with an attract loop between shows and docent intervention through a button in the theater.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  July, 2012

 

Toyota Elephant Passage Pavilion, Denver Zoo, Denver CO

Scope:  Developed NetLinx master programs and touch panel pages for three systems used throughout the 20-acre Asian Pavilion. Although the predominant parts of the project were the 74 channels of audio (using seven our favorite DSP units, the EAW DX1208), eight wireless microphones, 14 Alcorn McBride AM4s and eight button panels that provided control over volume and ambient versus mic audio. In the Elephant Holding Building we also gave them control over two Sony EVI-D70 PTZ cameras (with button control for the docents) and switching capability between live performance cameras, pre-recorded elephant shows and a presenter’s PC. We also developed a way for the Zoo to pipe alternative audio from visitors’ audio players, with volume control, over all the exhibits in two broad areas within the park. Provided the capability so any of the three systems could be used to make park wide schedule changes in all three systems.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  May, 2012

Phase II:  Added control of a waterfall and fog machine in the elephant demo area. Provided four water flows (25, 50, 75 and 100 percent) and an off state. Also provided logic that constantly evaluated local wind speed from a wind anemometer and turned the water fall off when the wind was above a user settable level and would also restart the water fall to 25 percent when the wind was under the limit for at least three minutes.

Completed:  December, 2012

 

Ft. Necessity National Battle Field Visitor Center, Farmington, PA

Scope:  Provided troubleshooting assistance to the Park Service to recover a system Fred had installed in 2006 from a massive power spike and outage.  Assisted the Park Service staff in trouble shooting the system to numerous failed RS232 ports on two NetLinx master controllers and a failed power supply in an Alcorn 8Traxx. Resulted in full recovery of all exhibits and the orientation theater show.

Contracted by:  National Park Service

Completed:  March, 2012

 

The Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (King Gillette Ranch), CA

Scope:  Provided a control system for eight decentralized exhibits that used ECE’s Exhibit Power Commandos and a NI900 NetLinx controller.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  March, 2012

Exhibit Power Commando Flier

 

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper, WY

Scope:   Performed Phase II of an upgrade to a project Fred Phillips had done eight years earlier while working for another company. This phase upgraded the media players for these synchronized shows from Pioneer DVL7400 DVD players, to an Alcorn Binloop and several Alcorn DVM8400 mpeg players. See “Some of Fred’s Favorite Projects” web page for more details.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  February, 2012

Phase III:   Added two Exhibit Power Commandos to the theater control system to control power to two donor kiosk in the lobby.

Completed: November 2012

Exhibit Power Commando Flier

 

The Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, UT

Scope:  Developed the control program and touch panel pages for the entire collection of permanent exhibits for this new museum. Besides being a large venue museum (15 projectors, 16 flat screens, almost 100 channels of audio, two Watchout PC shows and ten areas with wireless microphone capability), there were several unique aspects that made this an even bigger endeavor. First, under the impression that this approach would lead to a more reliable system, the A/V design consultant specified that this would be a multi-master system with no more than three or four exhibits on one master controller. This resulted in a system with 17 Master controllers (NI3100 and 2100). To complicate matters even more, the system operation needed to transparently appear as one Master to the user. The other challenge was the requirements for audio control through the EAW DX1208 that proved a difficult beast to conquer, especially considering there was a requirement to provide global i.e., simultaneously raising or lowering all 100 channels of audio. ECE has over 12-man weeks invested in reverse engineering the control protocol for the DX1208 that accomplished this specification. Call us to discuss lessons learned from this endeavor for future multi-master control systems in a museum arena.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  Completed December, 2011

 

The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Tomb Challenge Interactive, Indianapolis, IN

Scope:  Developed the control program and touch panel pages for this two part interactive exhibit at ICM. This NetLinx system not only controlled the operations of the media and displays, but also kept score in two large-scale (multiple-visitor) interactives. The first was a two-video, synchronized show scripted into multiple segments in which each segment was evaluated for visitor responses. These responses were not only through interactive PC programs in the “Tomb” which communicated the timed results to the NetLinx master, but also via 13 capacitive touch sensors embedded in the walls of the tomb. When appropriate, the NetLinx master would then activate a separate fiber-optic lighted silhouette on the wall for each touch sensor trigger. The second interactive was a larger than life sarcophagus (mummy casket) with 14 large pieces that covered two lighted scenes within the enclosure. Changing audio prompts and payoffs with a dazzling light show were controlled based on whether the sarcophagus was re-assembled or disassembled.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  This phase, which is open to the public, completed June, 2011. Phase II consisted of breaking the existing show up into five smaller shows and was completed August, 2012.

 

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers, IN

Scope:  This was a huge project that provided two high-end shows in telling the complete story of General Morgan’s raids into Indiana during the Civil War. The first show is a general store and is a five synchronized video presentation (Adtec Edjes) with lighting effects (controlled via an AMX AXB-DMX512). It provides two gags: one of the raiders shoots the hanging lamp above the visitor’s head and during the ransack of the General Store, a couple of shelves of assorted items are emptied with a loud crash on the floor at the feet of the visitors.

The second show is even more extravagant as it completes the story of Hunt’s raid on Dupont, IN. This show has two fourteen-foot, diameter, turntables each with two diorama scenes and one vertical projection screen for displaying a full size actor. These turntables are sent to their respective positions by the NetLinx control system that also provides fail safe mechanisms for their operation during the show. There are also scenes behind the 25-foot wide center screen that need to be revealed during the show (a diorama with Gen. Hunt and a burning village with climbing flames). This motorized screen was designed to deploy and retract in about three seconds and is also controlled by the NetLinx system. Besides the controls for the projectors and three Adtec Edjes, there are even more elaborate gags controlled in this show. First is a 300-pound tree that is felled right in front of the audience. The second is a cannon on one of the turntables which fires its charge with a muzzle flash charge across the stage (via video simulation) and blows a visible hole in the side of the theater revealing the field out behind the theater. Finally, unbeknownst to the audience, they are videotaped as they enter the theater waiving patriotic flags. Towards the end of the show, this video is played on the big (and fast) screen in the center of the stage with their bright and shiny faces up there for all to see. All of this action is also controlled by the NetLinx control system. There are a couple of other exhibits controlled by this system and both systems provide automated scheduled system on and off operations.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  June, 2011

 

The Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia, PA

Scope:  Developed the control program and touch panel pages for the visitor center for U.S. Kroger’s Turkey Hill enterprise (known for their ice cream and ice tea products). The system control included six Roku (BrightSigns) mpeg players, five Alcorn AM4s (mp3 players), one Alcorn 8Traxx (8 mp3 players in one unit), four Samsung LCDs (controlled via one daisy chained RS232 port) and three Mitsubishi projectors. It also included limited control over six EAW DX1208 (Digital Signal Processors) that was the start of ECE’s development of a NetLinx module for this hard to tame device.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  May, 2011

 

Hagerman Wildlife Visitor Center, Sherman, TX

Scope:  Designed, assembled and programmed two audio kiosks. The first provided 16 wildlife calls selected by visitor button presses. Each button provided feedback and there was a lockout until each file completed its play. The DMR was a custom serially controlled DMR controlled by a Netlinx 700. The second audio kiosk told the story of Hagerman. The audio could be via either, two handsets or area cover speakers that are Hagerman staff selectable. It also used the same custom serially controlled DMR, but the control circuit was one ECE’s Serial Commanders.

Contracted by:  Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc.

Completed:  April, 2011

 

United States Naval Academy, Leftwich Visitor Center, Annapolis, MD

Scope: Modified AMX Netlinx control system for a new video show (which used a Doremi Nugget mpeg player) and corrected several long-standing program bugs.

Contracted by:  Empire Media Group

Completed:  April, 2011

 

Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA

Scope:  Provided a show control system that controlled three Samsung LCDs (daisy chained serial control), and Alcorn Binloop with automated scheduling. Also included control of Apple Computer audio in four stand-alone kiosks (muted Apple audio when the show was running and un-muted for other operations).

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  April, 2011

 

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper, WY

Scope:  Performed Phase I of an upgrade to a project Fred Phillips had done eight years earlier while working for another company. This phase upgraded the control system for a six video synchronized light show with 10 channels of audio from an old AMX Axcess system to NetLinx. It also included upgrading the exhibit control system that included a simulated wagon river crossing ride (using hydraulic actuators) from an Axcess system to NetLinx. See “Some of Fred’s Favorite Projects” web page for more details.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  March, 2011

 

Visitor Center Exhibits, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), Silver Spring, MD

Scope:   Developed a NetLinx program to control system power up and down via a user managed schedule system for exhibits in NOAA Headquarters Building.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  February, 2011

 

An American Turning Point – the Civil War in Virginia Traveling Exhibit, The Virginia Historical Society , Richmond, VA

Scope:  Provided a control system for seven media exhibits (Roku mpeg players and displays) and eight Win7 PC systems that operated wirelessly. The only wiring to each exhibit was 115vac power. To accomplish this task we accelerated development of the Exhibit Power Commando that had been on the back burner for a couple of years. The Exhibit Power Commando can, via either CAT5 or via IEEE 802.11g, control 10 amps of power to the exhibit, provides a RS232 serial port and up to three optional relay operations to an exhibit where its electronics are local in the exhibit structure. We used a NetLInx NI2100 as the head end controller that provided a system power scheduler and interaction for three touch screens in one exhibit. For more information on our Exhibit Power Commando download the flier via the link below or go to our products section.

Contracted by:  The Virginia Historical Society

Completed:  January, 2011

Exhibit Power Commando Flier

 

Audio-scape for The Collaborator, by English Artist David Thomas Thorpe, New York City, NY

Scope:  David Thorpe produced this sculpture piece in Berlin for a show in a gallery in New York City and contacted ECE to develop an audio-scape with three distinct challenges. First, he wanted the audio to increase via motion detector when guests approached the piece and decline in volume when there was no motion detected. This was easy since we make the Motion Volume Commander that we used to solve this challenge. Second, he did not want any speakers evident in the sculpture. We suggested that the sculpture could actually emit the audio by using 4.5-inch diameter audio transducers attached to the insides of the sculpture. The last challenge seemed to be the greatest: it had to be battery operated for a minimum of 8 hours per day and able to completely recharge overnight. Since audio transducers require much more drive current than conventional speakers this put an extreme demand on the battery system. Weight, size and charging were all other constraints as well. We solved the problem with a lithium iron-phosphate battery which provided 55amp-hour operation, weighs less than 20 pounds and is half the size of a normal car battery and can be recharged in less than 5 hours.

Contracted by:  David Thomas Thorpe

Completed:  October, 2010

 

Balloon Ride Exhibit, Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Hammond, LA

Synopsis:  Developed a NetLinx master program for automated operation of a simulated balloon ride. The system controlled three Watchout computers, power to three flat screens and the following show features: two lighting effects, two strobe light effects, two fans for simulated wind, faux gas flame (audio, light and mechanical motor) and vibration motors for the gondola. Also provide interaction to the visitor enabling them to explore in-detail areas “beneath them” via a button push. The system also provided a user settable schedule for power up and down each day. A unique aspect of the control program was providing the producer the ability to change ride show features activation as he wished without having a NetLinx programmer (ece) on site with him.

Contracted by:  Phoenixx Systems, LLC

Completed:  August, 2010

 

Northampton Historical Society Sigal Museum, Easton, PA

Synopsis:  Developed two NetLinx master programs and one touch panel file used to control the museum exhibits and the auditorium system. The Museum Control system controlled three projectors (two Hitachi CP-X809 and one Digital Projection mVision) and a NEC 57-IN LCD. Media players included Roku (Brightsigns) HD 1010 mpeg players and an Alcorn AM4 audio unit. The auditorium provided the capability for a docent to play an orientation video (Roku) on a Digital Projection iVision 20 projector on demand or operate a Pioneer Blue Ray player or display a PC presentation via a wall plate. Full deck controls and audio volume control were provided in the presentation mode. The two systems were designed to transparently be one from the perspective of the end user, including the automated scheduling system.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  August, 2010.

 

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, IA

Synopsis:  Designed the electronic system, both control and hardware, for a museum whose fabrication was completed in the Summer of 2010. The eleven-exhibit design includes four Watchout PC systems and 39 channels of audio. One of the audio channels employs a sonic transducer to transmit vibration to the Canal Experience. Other interesting aspects of the design were the requirement to display video projection on a falling sheet of water and an underwater intercom system for communication by a docent with a diver in an aquarium tank.

Also programmed the NetLinx control system for the media and interactive galleries. Between the design phase and the program phase the underwater intercom was deleted for other than design reasons and one Watchout program was redesigned using a Roku BrightSigns mpeg player.

Employed by:  Design and Production Inc.

Completed:  Design Phase completed November, 2009; Programming Phase completed June, 2010.

 

Hershey’s Chocolate World, Creating Your Own Candy Bar Experience, Hershey PA

Synopsis: Developed a NetLinx seven-day scheduling system with virtual touch panel interface (NXD-300) for daily power up and down operations for this new experience at Chocolate World. Also employs an ECE product: the Panjo Interface – Relay Version.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  May, 2010.

 

Tasty Kake Visitor Center, Philadelphia, PA

Synopsis:  Developed a NetLinx program and touch panel for the Tasty Kake state-of-the-art (read Green) Bakery’s visitor center exhibit control system. Exhibits include a hi-def mpeg (Adtec Edje) using a Digital Projection projector for an orientation theater, other hi-def (Roku, also known as BrightSigns) and audio only (Alcorn McBride AM4) exhibits and a PC interactive. All exhibits are triggered via motion control. The system also includes an automated scheduling and exhibit diagnostics.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  April, 2010.

 

Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Worland, WY

Synopsis:  Developed a NetLinx scheduling system with virtual touch panel interface for daily power up and down operations for six PC exhibits and their flat screen monitors.

Contracted by: Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  March, 2010.

 

Pennsbury Manor, Morrisville, PA

Synopsis:  Developed a NetLinx control system with touch panel for daily operations for four PC exhibits, an eight track MP3 player (Alcorn 8Traxx) and two mpeg players with projectors (from Panasonic) one of which was on a HoloPro screen. Two of the exhibits were triggered by motion detectors.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  February, 2010.

 

The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago, IL

Synopsis:  Developed a NetLinx system with touch panel for the orientation theater high definition video show. Provided both docent and motion detector operations for the orientation show which has six languages available for captions (or an option for no captions). This theater was a dual function room that also had provisions for being used for general presentations. System components include: projector, high definition mpeg player, switcher, DVD player, VCR, lighting control, CD player, surround sound processor, motorized screen control. Volume control was available for both inside the room as well as for piping room programs and microphone announcements out to the museum area.

A year later BPI was having problems with a USB device that would routinely lose connection with the PC in an exhibit titled ‘What is a Million Dollars Worth?’ They asked ECE to custom design an electronic circuit that would operate off a serial port and control a six-digit, seven-segment readout that has been operating perfectly since its installation in June 2011.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed Phase I:  January, 2010.

Completed Phase II:  September, 2010.

 

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, Arlington, TX

Synopsis:  Developed a NetLinx scheduling system with WEB interface for daily power up and down operations for four PC exhibits and their flat screen monitors. Also uses one of ECE’s products: the Panjo Interface – Relay Version.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  December, 2009.

 

The National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  Developed a museum facility wide exhibit/gallery automated scheduling program using NetLinx and DMX controlled relays and the recently available Modero Virtual Touch Panel.

Employed by:  Design and Production Inc.

Completed:  October, 2009.

 

U.S. Naval Academy Museum, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Synopsis:  The scope included two NetLinx systems. The first was for the museum at large and controlled schedule power up and down of both media based and PC based exhibits. Media exhibits included a six-channel high definition binloop. The second system was for an orientation theater that could also be used as a general purpose presentation facility, making use of a Panasonic projector.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  Phase I, September, 2009; Phase II, March 2010 (delayed completion due to others).

 

Ford’s Theatre Museum, National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  This museum located in the basement of the theater where President Lincoln was assassinated, portrays the era surrounding his election, presidency and death. Displays are mainly Samsung LCDs and one Panasonic projector. Media devices are a six-channel high definition binloop and two mp3 digital message machines. One exhibit simulates the visitor being in the Oval Office and looking out over the streets of Washington with the Capitol under construction seen in the distance. This exhibit’s media is presented on an LCD screen embedded in the “President’s” desktop and on a mimic monitor. It previews documents and objects that might have crossed the Lincoln’s desk as well as photographs of people and places in the news at the time. The media is synchronized with an elaborate DMX (AMX controlled) light show on the other side of the picture window overlooking Washington. The light show illuminates a scrim with the Washington scene painted on it and reveals mural scenes and a graveyard with soldiers’ head stones behind the scrim. The light show also controls two strobe lights which are synchronized to cannon fire, gun shots and explosions.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  July, 2009

 

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural, National Historic Site, Buffalo, NY

Synopsis: Contracted to modify the logic in a program recently developed by another organization so that it was easier to use by the client and more operationally stable and robust. The system contained four independent shows that were docent controlled, three of which incorporated light shows. Completed in five days, just prior to Opening Day.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed Phase I:  June, 2009

Completed Phase II:  October, 2010

 

West Virginia State Museum Cultural Center, Charleston, WV

Synopsis:  Provided the NetLinx programming and touch panel pages for this extensive, immersive environment that presents a walk-through timeline of West Virginia. Control three 16-channel and one 8-channel binloops, ten eight-channel DSPs (Symetrix) via Cobra Net, nine projectors and an ETC Expression lighting, a three-computer Watchout show and interface with two APC UPSs for graceful power down in the event of loss of building power. User interface was via two NXD-CV5 touch panels, two Mio push button panels and a CPI-16 for visitor lighted button interface. Provided two built-in scheduling systems: one for exhibits and the other for lighting.

Employed by:  Design and Production Inc.

Completed: May 2009

 

The Carrier Ready Room, “The Cold War Gallery”, National U.S. Navy Museum, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  Provided a NetLinx show control program for this simulated carrier ready room, where visitors can view a high definition video on the Navy in the Cold War on demand by the push of a button. The system controls a digital Projection iVision 20HD, two Roku mpeg players (one high def), a Denon AV receiver, Lutron lighting, a Pioneer DVD player and three props. The room can also be used as a general-purpose presentation room for displaying a laptop on the screen or the DVD player. Control is via a multi-purpose handheld RF transmitter which is used for turning the system on and off, switching between automated theater and presentation mode, switching sources and controlling volume through the Denon and controlling the lights.

Employed by:  Design and Production Inc.

Completed:  April 2009

 

GridPoint Product Demonstration and Conference Room, Arlington, VA

Synopsis:  Moderate demonstration and conference room control system that has one projector, two large LCD flat screens and six five-inch LCD screens. The facility demonstrates “green” power control for facilities over the Internet.

Contracted by:  Phoenixx Systems, LLC

Completed:  January 2009

 

Spurlock Exhibit, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  Developed an automated Netlinx control system for a LCD flatscreen and Watchout media PC that are part of a gallery called Picturing the Promise which is a small preview at NMAH for the National African American History and Cultural Museum, currently under development.

Contracted by:  Blair Dubilier and Associates

Completed:  January, 2009

 

Coacoochee’s Story Theater, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa, FL

Synopsis:  Developed exhibit control programs for a unique presentation of the story of a Seminole Chief during the Seminole Wars in the 1800s. The audience’s initial view is from a tree shaded canopy overlooking Tampa Bay, circa the 1800s, with a large video screen nested up in the trees and Spanish moss hanging from the limbs. The Bay Scene was painted on a scrim that separates the static foreground from the dynamic scenes behind. Behind the scrim are three motorized turntables (from 14 to 18-feet in diameter) and a very large video screen. The center turntable is partitioned for three scenes while the other two turntables each sport two scenes and a video projector and vertical screen for presenting larger than life videos of the key characters. Diorama scenes include Coacoochee chained on a ship, Lt Sprague both writing at an encampment and in full ceremonial uniform (dress blues), Coacoochee and Osceola in a prison cell and an attacking Indian in the woods bordering Lake Okeechobee. The sixteen-minute plus show has elaborate lighting effects which included strobes for rifle shots in battle scenes to a blazing inferno in the theater during fire scenes. All in all, the show is a powerful and creative presentation of a very moving story. The control program synchronizes the mpeg videos with the lighting program; provides automated playing twice or three times an hour (based on user selection) or on demand in a manual mode. The show control also cues the table movements as well as provides safety measures for the eight-ton platforms and controls the theater entry and exit doors. It also controls the countdown to next show video outside the theater and provides a scheduler for automated power up and down on a daily basis using user input for times. Finally, it provides Fire Alarm initiated shut down as well as user activated emergency operations.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  January, 2009.

 

The Hershey Story, Hershey Museum, Hershey, PA

Synopsis:  Developed exhibit control programs for 18 channels of binloop mpeg players; five HD mpeg players (3 of which were synchronized) and three video mpeg players in synchronization, eleven large CD monitors and seven projectors. Interaction included two exhibits using 10 light sensors each to determine which of 10 audio files to play, visitor buttons and docent wireless controls. Provided volume control via control of six DSP devices that processed 48 channels of audio. Not only synchronized lighting for two exhibit shows, but also provided preset and full range light control for ten zones of facility lighting, including exterior lighting. Developed both touch panel control pages, as well as a 4-user WEB control that mimic the touch panel capability. Provided a docent controlled interactive exhibit that switched between five computers and three mpeg players on five screens based on either user programmed cycle times or docent control via a wireless device.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions, Inc.

Completed:  December, 2008.

 

Star Spangled Banner Gallery, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  Provided program installation, test and debug services for an automated Netlinx control system for six Doremi Nugget HD mpeg players, an 8Traxx mp3 player, six large flat screens and two DLP projectors with interface with the Building Management and Fire Alarm systems.

Contracted by:  Barron Systems

Completed:  November, 2008

 

FBI Conference Room, Richmond, VA

Synopsis:  Moderate conference room control system.

Contracted by:  Phoenixx Systems, LLC

Completed:  October 2008

 

Capitol Visitor Center, Our Nation’s Capitol, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  Developed exhibit control programs for both the House and Senate orientation video wall shows, video kiosks and automated controls for the interactive PC exhibits. Exhibit controls included scheduling and manual show controls.

Employed by:  Design and Production Incorporated

Completed:  October 2008

 

The Library of Congress Experience, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Synopsis:  Provided NetLinx programming for two seven plasma screen video trees using Watchout computers to control the synchronize playback in addition to synchronized moving LED signs. Program included motion detector operations and a scheduling function. Also provided Netlinx scheduling program for two other video media/projector exhibits.

Employed by:  Design and Production Incorporated

Completed:  June 2008

 

Air Force Financial Management Trade Show Exhibit, Pentagon, DC

Synopsis:  Developed NetLinx program and custom electronics for interactive exhibit.

Contracted by:  Phoenixx Systems, LLC

Completed:  April 2008

 

Visitor Exhibits at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Synopsis:  Provided NetLinx programming for the orientation theater with high definition mpeg playback devices and automated controls for interactive exhibits, some using motion detectors. Provided control for operating some of the exhibits with a wireless remote.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  April 2008

 

Weedon Island Preserve Visitor Center, St. Petersburg, FL

Synopsis:  Developed touch panels pages and NetLinx program to provide manual user and automated control for the entire museum using 16-channel mpeg playback device, 8-track mp3 player, rack monitor switching, volume control and multiple LCD and projector controls.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc.

Completed:  December 2007

 

Power of Children Gallery, The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, IN

Synopsis:  Provided touch panel pages and NetLinx control program for three automated theaters: The Anne Frank Story, The Ruby Bridges Story and the Ryan White Story. Provided both automated shows on a timer and docent operated show controls. Show control included synchronized mpeg playback devices, projectors, LCD screens, motorized screens and DMX lighting.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc

Completed:  December 2007

 

Interactive Learning Studio, Seacoast Science Center, Rye, NH

Synopsis:  This was a three video synchronized show in which the docent faux “real time” interacts with three teams exploring the environment of the Gulf of Maine. It included an ambitious DMX light show with three moving lights, four stationary gobos, eight gobos in a moving light fixture, changing color gels and a grand finale. Each visitor is at one of 32 computer stations. During the show they answer questions, play games and try to help each of the three teams on the screens. Near the end, the PCs determine which of the 32-stations has the highest score. The show program then starts a 15-second search light sequence trying to find the winner. Finally all lights converge on the winner’s position and their live image is switched to the center screen. The theater can also be used as a general-purpose presentation facility or as a computer classroom.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc

Completed:  October 2007

 

Caucus Iowa Exhibit, Iowa State Museum, Des Moines, IA

Synopsis: Provided touch panel pages and NetLinx control programming for this interactive exhibit on the history of the Iowa Caucus. Developed automated control program for mpeg players, mp3 players, projector and LCD displays and power control for PC interactives.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc

Completed:  September 2007

 

Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, VA

Synopsis:  Provided touch screen pages and automated NetLinx control system with user scheduling capabilities for the permanent main exhibit gallery: included control of a 16-channel mpeg playback device, 8-channel mp3 player and LCDs’ and projectors’ controls. Visitor interaction was via both button and motion detector devices. Also included was a PC interactive where the payoff was a video of one of four sea creatures swimming overhead of the visitors, and four touch screen inter-actives, each which allowed the visitor to select from six videos to play on their touch screen. Also synchronized a LED controller with audio in a simulated volcano eruption.

Employed by:  Design and Production Incorporated

Completed:  August 2007

 

Visitor Center for the National Monocacy Battlefield, Frederick, MD

Synopsis:  Provided touch panel pages and NetLinx control for an automated museum gallery that included simulated telegraph operations, an air cannon, multi-tracked mp3 audio player control and a lighting controller.

Contracted by:  Phoenixx Systems, LLC

Completed:  June 2007

 

Visitor Center for Gray Fossil Project, Gray, TN

Synopsis:  Provided touch panel pages and automated NetLinx programming for a large screen, high definition mpeg player and a multi-track mp3 player for audio exhibits though out the gallery.

Contracted by:  Boston Productions Inc

Completed:  May 2007