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Science Academy Taps projectiondesign For Earthquake Exhibit

The FL32 DLP projectors are seamlessly edge-blended onto a domed surface

The California Academy of Sciences has deployed projectiondesign’s FL32 DLP projectors in its “Earthquake” exhibit.
The academy is using the FL32 DLP projectors to drive the display aspects of a 20 foot-wide immersive dome, which shows a three-minute film linking the concepts of geological time—plate movements over millions of years—and human time, specifically earthquake activity in the San Francisco area.
The FL32 DLP projectors are powered by “ReaLED” technology that promises 100,000 hours of service life with no deterioration in output over time that provides users with a low and predictable cost of ownership, projectiondesign says.
The projectors are seamlessly edge-blended onto a domed projection surface, with content being derived from media servers provided by 7thSense, a producer of simulation and visualization products, and image processing and alignment from Scalable Display Technologies, a producer of simulation applications, according to projectiondesign.
In addition, Visual Acuity, a new-media and visualization technology consultant, worked on the project, in effect, reprising the role the company performed in the original design of the academy’s planetarium. The systems integration was performed by local AV systems company BBI Engineering, projectiondesign says.
This latest project for the academy comes after projectiondesign supplied several projectors to the institution for its Morrison Planetarium, Water Planet exhibit, according to Maria Dahl Aagaard, projectiondesign’s product marketing manager.
The earthquake exhibit occupies the entire west hall of the academy and, in addition to the mini-dome, contains a number of other attractions. It opened to the public in May 2012, and is expected to be part of the academy’s visitor offerings for several years.
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