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Museums and Visitor Centers

California Science Center, Life Lab and Creative World Exhibits

The Digital Imaging exhibit displays manipulated digital photos of visitors' faces on a bank of 5 large monitors

In the Digital Jam sound booth, three visitors play MIDI instruments under the direction of a video host. As their performance is replayed, visitors can change the sounds of their instruments.

The Global Message Board uses multiple terminals and video cameras to display visitor messages on a large 5x7ft LED pixel board.

Seismic Measurement plots ground waves created by visitors jumping on a seismic platform.

Five computer workstations in Life Lab enable visitors to access CD-Rom titles or explore life science websites on the Internet. (1997)

Strawberry Banke, Shapiro House Interpretive Systems

    In this restored historic home, audio/visual presentations installed invisibly in the dining room and parlor recreate the weekly ritual of the Sabbath meal and tells stories of immigration and acculturation in early 20th century America. (1997)

Museum of Labor and Culture, La Survivance Exhibits

    These exhibits recreate the lives and experiences of French Canadian textile workers as they struggle to survive and establish the labor movement in a Rhode Island mill town. (1997)

Libby Dam & Albeni Falls Visitor Centers, Control The Flow

    In this interactive simulation, visitors are given the opportunity to establish the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's system operation policies for two dams located in the Northwest and see the consequences of their decisions. (1996)

The Columbus Museum, Legacy and Transformation Galleries

    In the museum's existing Legacy Gallery, the history of Columbus, GA is brought to life with the addition of a soundtrack and lighting effects. The children's art gallery, Transformations, was itself transformed into a modern hands-on art center. (1996)

SportsLab, You Be the Judge Interactive Stadium

SportsLab is a participatory sports theme park which traveled throughout the country. In the interactive stadium, visitors learn how judges score three Olympic events. After watching an athlete's performance on large projection video screens, each of the 336 visitors scores the event. The audience's results are then compared to the actual judges scores. (1995)

JFK Health World

JFK Health World is one of the largest (85,000 sq ft) and most technically advanced children's health education centers in the country. The multimedia exhibits range in scale from desktop touchscreens to a simulated ride in a full-size ambulance. (1995-96)

Alabama Power Company, The Water Course

Alabama Power Company, as steward and manager of three river systems, wants its customers to understand the complexity of the company's river management activities, and the environmental impacts of industrial growth, lakeside development and recreational uses of the waterways.

Highlights include a computerized wall of water jugs that shows personal water usage; an interactive video tour that takes the visitor inside of a hydroelectric dam; a simulated helicopter flyover of the Alabama river system; and an interactive gameshow. (1995)

SciTrek (Atlanta), Power Your Future, Smart Highway exhibit

The Smart Highway exhibit places the visitor in the role of a traffic manager of the Atlanta interstate system during the afternoon rush hour. Using information displayed on the computer console and video from roadside cameras, the visitor must evaluate and respond to changing traffic conditions. (1994)

Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of American History
Science in American Life, Looking Ahead exhibits

The Science in American Life exhibit looks at America's dependence on science since 1890. In the Looking Ahead section, the focus is on biotechnology and the environment. The five interactive systems in this area are networked to a "gateway" which enables the software to be remotely updated from Massachusetts. This proved invaluable when the aggressive installation schedule did not allow for adequate visitor testing. The exhibits were easily updated as problems were discovered and resolved. (1994)

Boston Museum of Science, The Big Dig

This exhibit is about Boston's Central Artery / Tunnel Project, the largest highway construction project of this decade. The semi-permanent installation includes audio/visual presentations on the history and differing opinions of the project, and a simulated elevator ride into an excavation area. There visitors meet workers and view a 3-D film showing the construction of the Third Harbor Tunnel. In the "hands-on" area, visitors use computer workstations to help project employees solve typical engineering and construction problems. Artery Physics enables visitors to experience the physical phenomenon associated with the construction. (1993)

Tennessee Valley Authority, Nuclear Information and Visitor Centers

As TVA completes construction of three nuclear power plants, it wants to address local resident's concerns regarding the safety and economics of nuclear power. Its three visitor centers contain fifteen interactive exhibits which allow visitors to "talk-back" to the TVA. Each person receives a visitor card encoded with a serial number. This card is used to activate each exhibit which, connected by a local area network, stores visitor responses in a central database for later retrieval and analysis by the staff. Highlights include:

Sign In Please welcomes the visitor and collects demographic information.

The Energy Forum is a 35 person interactive theater which polls the audience's collective concerns about nuclear power, energy issues and economic growth in the Tennessee Valley.

Safety First is an interactive video column of monitors where visitors hear from life-size TVA workers.

The Plant Tour enables the visitor to explore the insides of the nuclear plant via surrogate travel. Along the way, visitors can meet TVA employees, hear about their jobs, and take an extended look around.

But What About... is a question and answer session moderated by the visitor. Members of the public ask TVA spokespersons questions regarding nuclear issues.

An exit poll What Do You Think? invites visitors to tell TVA what they think about nuclear power and the visitor center exhibits. (1992, 1994)

Peace River Films, Environmental Theater at Liberty Science Center

This sixty seat interactive theater uses numerous group exercises to teach visitors about the ecology of the wetlands surrounding the museum. A proof-of-concept technology demonstration prototype of the voting system was built in 1991.

New Bedford Whaling Museum, Whale Discovery Center

Ask the Experts is a touchscreen videodisc kiosk. It allows visitors to first observe whale behavior, guess what the whales are doing, and then learn, from one or more experts, what causes such behavior. Visitors can also see more details about an expert's research.

The exhibit also contains two linear video presentations. Infra-red sensors start the presentations as the visitor walks into the exhibit area. Closed captioning is available for all programs at the push of a button.

After a run of two years in Plymouth, MA, the exhibition was sold to the Camden Aquarium. Additional copies of several exhibits were purchased by the Baltimore Aquarium. The exhibit is currently traveling around the country. (1991, 1993)

Commonwealth Museum, By What Right...

This interactive theater commemorated the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. The presentation allowed multiple viewers to "vote" on four constitutional issues. The voting results were then displayed and the decision of the majority determined the outcome. (1987)

National Scouting Museum, Five Videodisc-Based Exhibits

Murray is an electromechanical robot who interacts with up to five visitors, gives directions, sings, does impressions and tells camping stories illustrated with slides displayed on his dual video monitors.
In the Values Theater, a thirty person audience determines the outcome of an interactive drama based on real-life applications of the Scout Law.
Patrol Theater is an eight-player adventure game where the participants work together to locate a lost child while applying their knowledge of Scoutcraft.
The Way We Were features seventeen film clips from the BSA film archives. Visitors use a touchscreen to make their selections.
Talk Back is a public opinion poll. Visitors select a topic and register their initial opinions. Then both sides of the issue are presented, with options to interrogate further. Upon completion, the visitor is again asked for his or her opinion. Graphs display the "before and after" voting tabulations. (1986)

Michael Sand, Inc., Purposeful Pursuits

This traveling exhibit for the Boy Scouts used digitized video on multiple monitors to quiz the audience's knowledge of scouting trivia. Viewers selected topics from one of five categories and three levels of difficulty. A computer-controlled robot acted as the Master of Ceremonies. (1985)

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Corporate Marketing

MicroTouch Systems, Privacy Touch Comdex Demo

This program demonstrated the benefits of the unique PrivacyTouch touchscreen for ATM (automatic teller machines) and financial services applications. (1994)

Laseractive '86, Directory Kiosk

Visitors to the Optical Media Industry trade show used this kiosk to access such topics as exhibitor information, conference schedules, an industry overview, and information about Boston, the host city. (1986)

Visage, Inc., Demo Disc II

This two-sided disc demonstrated Visage's hardware and software products, and contained five actual videodisc applications covering such areas as sales and industrial training, image database and point-of-purchase. (1985)

Visual Technology Group, VTG Demo

Produced for the American Veterinary Medical Association convention, this is a demonstration of the use of videodisc systems in a clinical setting. A visual database of slides, x-rays, and tissue samples provided for continuing education and served as a diagnostic reference tool. (1985)

Sawyer & Beers Advertising, Eaton Systems - Semicon Exhibit

A visitor to the Eaton exhibit picked a product of interest from a five-item menu. A short (3-5 minute) linear video program was then presented. (1985)

AT&T, Viewtron Demo

This videodisc demonstrated the operation of the Viewtron videotex system at trade shows and in AT&T Phone Center Stores. (1984)

Digital Equipment Corporation, NCC '83 Demo

This disc was the principal component of the product announcement for DEC's interactive video information system (IVIS) at the National Computer Conference. The disc was later shipped with every system as an introduction to the capabilities of interactive video. (1983)

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Consumer Information

Massport Conference Center at the Exchange Building, Building Directory

    In the lobby of this high-tech conference center, two slim LCD touchscreens provide room schedules, directions, and information about Massport and the local environs. The systems are networked to enable remote updating. (1996)

Bain and Company / R.H. Donnelly, MovieGuide

Developed the application software and underlying database for a movie preview kiosk to be installed in hotels and shopping malls. Viewer can watch previews of current, first-run movies, read reviews, find out where films are playing, and request printouts. (1985)

Human Performance Associates, Electronic Mall

Designed and developed a prototype kiosk used by a New York financial services firm to inform the public about its products (money market funds, investment plans, insurance, etc.), and to provide personal financial planning information. (1985)

Fusion Media, Insurance Information Center

Developed the computer software for a videodisc system used by a major insurance company to educate potential customers about the various insurance options available in the marketplace. (1985)

Applied Videotex Systems, SkiData

Designed and produced a kiosk which provides the viewer with the latest product information and the current ski conditions at any of 75 New England mountains. Ski conditions are automatically updated (via modem) by a central computer twice a day. (1985)

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, INS Information System

Designed, programmed and installed 24 videodisc kiosks to assist the Spanish-speaking public in filing immigration forms. The program features bilingual soundtracks. Systems are used in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. The low-cost hardware consists of a RCA CED disc player, a Commodore 64 computer and a touch pad. (1984)

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Image Databases

Omnivex, Artist Database

This visual database of contemporary artists was used by art dealers, interior decorators and architects to select or commission art for commercial buildings. The database is searched using up to 24 parameters specified in an easy-to-use screen display. The system displays both the textual information in the database and the images of the art work. (1985)

VTG, Equine Diagnostic Radiology

Produced and programmed a diagnostic database of X-ray files from the collection of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The disc contains images of every major bone in the horse - both before and after treatment. (1985)

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Corporate Training

Interactive Media Communications, Respirator Training Series

Produced three discs on the use and maintenance of industrial respirators. This courseware product is now available for the IBM InfoWindow and Sony View systems. (1989)

U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Hazard Communication Training

Responsible for the delivery and acceptance of a 7 module training program consisting of 90 minutes of video, a 200 page student workbook and a 100 page trainer's guide. Negotiated with a 12 member Technical Review Committee representing DoD, OSHA, and four other agencies. Program is used to train approximately 3.5 million federal employees. (1988)

NYC Transit Authority, Chemical Safety Training Program

Responsible for the delivery and acceptance of a chemical safety training program consisting of 16 videodiscs, an employee handbook, a trainer's guide and a computerized administration system. Fifty five systems, 40 of which are installed in mobile training buses, train 40,000 workers each year. (1988)

Interactive Media Communications, Hazard Communications Training

This training program, consisting of 10 videodiscs, was converted from a proprietary hardware system to the industry standards - IBM InfoWindow and Sony View. That effort resulted in sales to-date of over $3 million. Custom versions have been created for Ford and Shell Oil. (1987)

Management Directions, Inc., Value Selling in the 80's

Ford Motor Company dealers at over 4500 locations learn the skills required to effectively negotiate the price of a new car by participating in video simulations of actual selling situations. The branching capabilities allow the viewer to control negotiations with the customer at each stage, as dramatized on the screen. (1986)

Omega Management Group, KS87B Shutter Maintenance Training

This disc was produced for a military contractor who supplies reconnaissance cameras to the Egyptian government. Audio narration was provided in both English and Arabic, with graphics calling attention to important parts of the screen. This disc was designed as an on-the-job reference tool. (1985)

Digital Equipment Corporation, The IVIS Touch

Consulted in the design and provided all computer programming for a disc that showcased selections from industrial, medical, military, and management training programs. One segment, "The Management Game", was the prototype for DEC's award-wining management simulation "Decision Point". (1984)

DEC, GM , Allen Bradley, Introduction to PLC

Digital's first commercial videodisc courseware product trained assembly line technicians on the use of programmable logic controllers. This disc was produced in collaboration with General Motors and Allen Bradley. (1984)

Digital Equipment Corporation, VAX 11/730 Maintenance

This 4 disc, 20 hour course trained field service technicians on the VAX 11/730 computer system. This course and the PRO350 and LA100 courses, were used in a successful study of videodisc cost effectiveness that lead to DEC's production of IVIS versions of future field service courses. (1983)

Digital Equipment Corporation, PRO350 and LA100

A total of four discs covered the operation, principles, installation, and maintenance of the PRO-350 personal computer and LA100 printer. (1983)

Digital Equipment Corporation, VK100 Demo and IVIS Demo

These early demonstration projects were converted from prototype hardware to run on production systems. (1982)

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