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Native AV Installation at National Museum of the American Indian, Part 2

Jun 9, 2011 10:51 AM, with Bennett Liles

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Yeah, once you get the signal out of the electrical and back into acoustic form you lose about 90 percent of your control over it.

And then it gets into more of an art than a science I guess. But I want to get into more about the workstation interface design—how that went, because there are so many different people operating these things. Did you get any kind of input from the museum staff or use them as testers to work out the bugs on it?
Well, they do get a lot of school groups through there so the actual touch panels were put a little lower than normal. They're not too low for an adult and they're angled up a little but the actual content design was done by Potions, so they're the ones that did the actual content design. We just did the technical installation part of it. [Timestamp: 5:25]

Well, it sure would be an advantage getting in at the outset of the project so you have input for your needs as the plans are actually being drawn. That would help you obviously avoid having to run any cables into places where they'd rather have you not spoil the look or be drilling holes in things.
Yeah they actually gutted this gallery. I mean, they completely took everything out of it and it was rebuilt specifically for this installation. [Timestamp: 5:47]

When you got all this up and running what was the reaction from the museum staff and clients? Were you there to see when it was first turned loose on the public?
Actually, I wasn't able to attend, but Ellen Simwhich, our project manager and Brian Bellowhich, our sales person, they did attend the opening and the museum had staff is very happy with the installation and they're very satisfied with the continued success with all the people that visit the gallery. They're having hundreds of people in there every week. [Timestamp: 6:14]

I'd sure love to see that place and check out the interactive displays. The idea of having all these really old historical objects and having the motion graphics and instant video about them right there would really be a fun experience. So what's up next? What's coming up for Electrosonic? Have you got any big projects in the works you want to tell us about?
Well, I can't tell you specifically about some of the projects. We're always working on a next big theme park ride. It's got to be bigger and better than the last one, and of course that usually involves defying one law of physics or the other. We're also working on some very large fiber optic matrixes for the government. A couple of projects we just finished are the National Museum of Jewish and American History in Philadelphia and the Museum of Moving Images in Astoria, New York, which is in Queens. [Timestamp: 7:03]

I read about that and I understand you also did a big interactive display installation for NASA down at the Kennedy Space Center.
Yes we did a big part of the visitor center. They opened a new part of the visitor center and we did that as well. Yep. [Timestamp: 7:16]

Oh, I would love to see that. I haven't been down there since the old Apollo days when it was before any of that sort of technology was available so it would be a real treat to see all of it work now. Yeah that was fun working on that project. I worked on that one as well. We also just acquired Excel Media Systems out of New York City and they specialize in corporate solutions offering meeting room and video conferencing systems so we're pretty excited to have them on board. [Timestamp: 7:39]

OK, broadening your horizons and your clientele for that too.

All right. Randy Sherwood from Electrosonic and the National Museum of the American Indian right there in lower Manhattan—sounds like a very intriguing place. I'd love to see it and it sounds like Electrosonic did a very good job on it. Thanks for being here Randy to give us all the tech details behind the scenes.

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