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BulletRaspberry Pi as a HD looping video player in museums, libaries and galleries.

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Bullet The Quantified Museum - Controlling visitor use of an electro-mechanical interactive and capturing analytics

controller imageA through-graphic-panel touch switch replaces a vacuum timer switch creating a neater look that is easier to keep clean. A custom controller board, programmed using the Arduino IDE, prevents over-heating and wear of the sectioned radial engine and logs visitor activation of the exhibit to an SD card as a csv file enabling curatorial analysis.
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Bullet Exhibition Controller / Learning IR Module

controller imageUsing consumer DVD players can be problematic in museum exhibits because few, if any, domestic DVD players are able to startup automatically when power is applied to the gallery. The ability to power-up and commence disc playback from a cold-start is one of the features that differentiates Industrial DVD Players from cheaper consumer models. However the significant price differential often means that consumer players are pressed into service and must be manually turned on each morning by staff. The Temporary Exhibition Controller, originally developed for the Nick Cave exhibition produced by Two Feathers for the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne, can learn the power on and play commands for a consumer player and automatically send them when gallery power is applied. If the DVD has been authored to auto-start playback becomes fully automated. Alternatively if the disc has a menu then following the power on command, the play command can be sent to play the default title after a suitable delay to allow the menu to build. Power on commands can also be sent to display devices such as video monitors or projectors.

The controller saves staff time during the morning walkaround and allows more flexbility when designing or retro-fitting AV equipment within an exhibition.

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BulletAC/DC Family Jewels Exhibition

A collaboration between the Victorian Arts Centre and the Museum of Western of Australia. The exhibition included a requirement to sychronise rock-and-roll lighting PAR cans with concert vision of the band playing off Blu-Ray.

A novel controller was developed that responded to control signals recorded on the surround channels of the re-authored Blu-Ray disc, controlling the lighting dimmers via the DMX protocol. The project used a number of custom PCB's including an AVR controller programmed using the Arduino IDE.

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BulletOxfam Refugee Realities

Refugee Realities simulated, for school-age children, aspects of the experiences of the life of a refugee. Michael provided technical support to the sound-designer in order to realise an emotionally intense multi-channel soundscape and an audio simulation of the experience of crossing a mine -infested desert at night.

Over a mere 96 hours 3 custom controllers were fabricated from scratch that interfaced triggers buried under two tonnes of sand to a drum synthesizer triggered via the MIDI protocol.

The simulation received global media coverage and the "desert room" was regarded as one of the most successful elements of the project. The project used a custom AVR controller programmed using the Arduino IDE and would not have been possible in the truncated time frame without utilising various libraries and other resources made available by the Arduino community.