Our industry has a long history of creating some incredible experiences. But when you are hearing-impaired, it is easy to miss one of the most important parts of that experience – the sound. And without that sound, you may be missing the story. There are a variety of different solutions to try to bring hearing-impaired guests into the experience. Solutions like reflective captioning post LED signs (with reversed) type in the rear of the theatre offering a transcription of the dialogue as well as descriptions of any other sounds that may be occurring in the show. By holding up a reflective piece of glass in front of their view of the screen, the guest can read what is going on. However, these signs are often distracting for other guests as they are visible throughout the theatre.
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As anyone who has visited a theme park in the past few years has recognized, cell phones and other mobile devices are everywhere. It’s impossible to walk around in a museum, theme park or other entertainment venue without running into someone who is looking down at their phone (or more likely, they are running into you – literally!)
So as designers of themed spaces and technology, what are we supposed to do about it? Do we combat the wave of mobile devices in our venues – they are destroying the experience after all. Or do we simply need to take a fresh look at how people are using their devices and figure out how they can add to the experience?
Our latest app has been released to the iTunes store. The LightingPad app was featured at the recent InfoComm show. Check it out!
One of the hits of InfoComm was our LightingPad application for the iPad and iPhone. LightingPad is the perfect tool for controlling small shows, or for installing and testing lighting systems. It’s also great for programming our LightCue Pro lighting controller. Simply connect any Art-Net compatible DMX device to your wireless network, and you have a complete lighting console in the palm of your hand. Because it’s an iPad / iPhone application, it’s incredibly simple to use.
This youtube video shows you how it works.
LightingPad will be available in the iTunes App Store. For more information, visit http://www.alcorn.com/products/lightingpad/index.html
It’s been a busy first five months of the year, with lots of new products and shows opening. In fact this could just turn out to be our biggest year yet. As we head into the summer we wish everyone a busy time at work and some relaxing time with loved ones. And if you’re in the neighborhood of Hershey Park, be sure to check out their latest show, Rock the Jukebox, in the Music Box Theatre. It uses an HD Binloop. Enjoy!
Of course, the home page is the most frequently visited, and after that the product data pages. But there’s also a lot of interest in the pages about particular installations. I suppose that’s because it’s fun to read about the wide variety of theme park attractions around the world.
However, I notice that only the featured installation pages get the high traffic; there are tons more that most people never see, and among them are some of my favorite installations.
AcoustiCon is the duo of Brad Sayre and David Simmons. They use Alcorn McBride show control and video playback equipment in their live shows, which are complete multimedia concerts incorporating sounds, images and blistering guitar work. Here’s their latest video, which also features 16 month old Aziyan.