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grandMA2 and MA VPU plusHelps Create Dazzling Fourth of July Pixel-Mapped Light Show on the Empire State Building

The city that never sleeps put on a Fourth of July show that extended well beyond the 37th Annual Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular to the Empire State Building (ESB) where a grandMA2 console and an MA VPU plus video processing unit controlled a dazzling pixel-mapped lighting display on the landmark. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

The ESB and Macy’s partnered on the 37th? annual fireworks show. As part of the celebration the ESB tower light show was created by world-famous lighting design artist Marc Brickman and choreographed to music curated by Usher for the finale of the fireworks. Last year the ESB unveiled its one-of-a-kind new LED tower lights with a show Brickman designed. The pixel-mapped LED lighting system features four types of Philips Color Kinetics RGB and white fixtures located on the ESB’s top four tiers.

For the Independence Day spectacular the light show competed for attention with the fireworks by displaying dramatic and fun bursts of color, ripples, sweeps and chases on the top tiers and spire of the ESB. More than 3.900 LED fixtures rapidly flashed solid colors and washed the tiers with breathtaking multi-color displays; some lighting effects swirled around all four sides of the structure like a rotating beacon.

“We were synched to the Macy’s [fireworks] show,” says Marc Brickman. “We were given a pre-visualization of what they were going to do to inspire our design.”

Key to meeting the complex pixel-mapping challenge – with over 17,000 parameters of lighting and video control – was an MA VPU plus, a video processing unit for displaying video in full HD, ensuring the highest frame and DMX synchronicity, scaling video and creating myriad effects.

Brickman, who used a grandMA2 last year for the ESB’s pixel-mapping debut, reteamed with A.C.T Lighting for the Fourth of July celebration. He tapped a grandMA2, with 80 universes, as his primary controller and had a grandMA2 light on hand for back up.

The grandMA2 was set up to send KiNET to more than 3,900 Color Kinetics LED fixtures. The VPU’s pixel map was configured to control all the LED lights on the building and output 76 universes of Art-Net to the grandMA2 desk; the Art-Net universes were merged with the grandMA2 patch and subsequently converted to KiNET in order to control the Color Kinetics fixtures. The pixel map was patched to the same DMX channels as the patch in the grandMA2 desk.

This process enabled Brickman to quickly choose between video pixel map effects or direct lighting control from the grandMA2, all controllable by the grandMA2 software. He could send video pixel map data and standard lighting control effects simultaneously allowing for seamless cross-fades between desired looks.

Thanks to pre-visualization and rendering software, all the programming and rehearsals were done prior to the event, first in Los Angeles and then from the 72nd floor of the ESB. “Most of the work was done at A.C.T’s Agoura Hills, California office,” says Brickman. “The team worked with programmer Dietrich Juengling to create an easier, more efficient system that was smaller and more compact than previously used at ESB. We also put ESP Vision in line, which helped us do the pre-visualization.”

The Fourth of July show was the first time anyone saw the programmed show live on the sides of the landmark. “It all worked great – it was incredible!” Brickman declares.

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Richard Gray’s Power Company Adds IP-Addressable Power Management Solutions; New Lineup to be Showcased at CEDIA EXPO 2013

CHICAGO, IL and DENVER, CO (CEDIA – Booth #2226) – August 27, 2013 – Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC), a US-based manufacturer of AC power and communications network infrastructure protection and enhancement products announced today that the company will demonstrate for CEDIA Expo 2013 attendees a new lineup of performance-enhancing solutions for residential and commercial applications. Designed to provide powerful insight, intelligence and protection, the IPAC-8 Remote IP Power Management System is one of the newest products to the RGPC line that CEDIA Expo attendees will be shown in booth #2226.

The first of its kind within the RGPC line, the IPAC-8 provides IP-addressability and associated remote monitoring capabilities and delivers a safe, clean power environment that enables connected devices to perform at their highest possible level.

Ideal for virtually any residential or commercial environment or application, IPAC-8 features on/off remote (IP) control of 8 individual AC power outlets and local monitoring with an easy-to-read RMS current meter display that provides a quick visual indication of the load, reducing the risk of overloads and tripped breakers. On/off sequences can be defined, and power can be remotely monitored via meter, web or RGPC’s free bundled software, and Http, Https, SNMP, DHCP and UDP protocol is supported. The system includes user-defined alarm thresholds for warning and overload, and event alerts can be delivered via email, trap or audible alarm

IPAC-8 is quick and easy to install and requires no additional mounting hardware. Because IPAC-8 is also ihiji invision compatible, there are no port forwarding or extensive network configuration requirements. It features a space-saving design that provides 1U rack or wall mount options and is backed by a three-year warranty.

Available now to integrators, retailers and end-users in the North American market or anywhere with 120Volts, 50/60 HZ service, IPAC-8 carries an MSRP of $1,000 USD.

About Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC)

Richard Gray’s Power Company is a US-owned and operated manufacturer of AC Power Delivery Systems designed to provide the most suitable working environment that protects, purifies and matches the electrical characteristics and demands of AV equipment, home automation, integrated systems and communications networks, while simultaneously enhancing performance and increasing system reliability to the highest level.

The recipient of numerous technology awards, RGPC provides products, technical solutions and services that ensure a safe, secure and enhanced environment where AC power, communications and data operate in harmony and with maximum efficiency for today’s converged infrastructure and integrated technologies.

www.richardgrayspowercompany.com

Richard Gray’s Power Company Contact Information:

7051 West Wilson Avenue

Norridge (Chicago), IL 60706-4784

Toll-Free: 800-880-3474

Phone: 504-247-0300

Fax: 708-395-2508

Web: www.richardgrayspowercompany.com

Email: sales@richardgrayspowercompany.com

 

Richard Gray’s Power Company Press Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

Office: (406) 446-1283

Cell: (425) 328-8640

Web: www.kmbcomm.com

Email: katye@kmbcomm.com

 

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‘100 innovations’ exhibition at ‘Tekniska museet’, Stockholm wins design award

Dynamic Image Server feature of Dataton WATCHOUT used in interactive video wall display

WATCH THE VIDEO © Video by Eyebrite Film and Visions: http://vimeopro.com/user9877126/eyebrite/video/72488773

The ‘100 innovations’ exhibition at the Tekniska museet (The National Museum of Science and Technology), Stockholm, Sweden recently won the ‘Best program for targeted audience’ category of the IDCA Awards (International Design Communication Awards).

The entire exhibition was produced by the National Museum of Science and Technology in conjunction with PS Communication and STORY Design Studio. ‘100 innovations’ showcases the most important innovations in history as voted by the Swedish people. Since its inauguration in February 2012, ‘100 innovations’ has attracted over 300,000 visitors and is scheduled to run until 2015.

A central part of the ‘100 innovations’ exhibition called ‘The Brain’ screens hourly interactive video demonstrations using none other than Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image and presentation software integrated with six projectors to map individual sections of video across a 6 x 12 meter curved video wall display. Music and sound effects work with the video as museum visitors select their favourite innovation, post messages and interact with what is shown on screen. At the end of each presentation, an innovation award is presented by an ‘ABB robot’. Voting is also accessible for online and virtual visitors to the museum website.

WATCHOUT dynamically engages, informs and enthrals visitors

Video content for each of the individual innovations of ‘The Brain’ exhibit was designed and created by multimedia specialists, Eyebrite Film and Visions. Systems integrator, Informationsteknik designed the system and installed the interactive video wall display.

“The really interesting thing about WATCHOUT is that we have created an information system where visitors can vote for an innovation in person or online. The information system uses a database that is integrated with the Dynamic Image Server feature of WATCHOUT that is automated to access dynamic information for display on to ‘The Brain’. The innovation selected is completely dependant on what visitors vote for which means that the show is always changing and evolving, and there is always an element of surprise. You never know what the WATCHOUT show will look like,” explains Marcus Boij, Technical Manager, Stockholm at Informationsteknik.

WATCHOUT performs projection mapping

Because the entire screen is curved, this created a challenge for the projection mapping,” explains Jan Brånå at Eyebrite Film and Visions.

“Another challenge solved by WATCHOUT was the ability to present text and information on each individual square, and WATCHOUT easily managed to scale text according to the size and position of the display area.”

“Thanks to WATCHOUT it was possible to do everything we wanted including combining the show elements with images, film and soundtracks, live feeds and interactive functions.”

Lars Sandlund, chief operating officer at Dataton says: “We’re delighted that our technology was used as part of this award winning exhibition. It demonstrates WATCHOUT’s effectiveness and flexibility in giving multimedia and exhibition designers new and engaging ways of communicating and storytelling.”

The National Museum of Science and Technology also utilises Dataton PICKUP audio guides in various exhibition areas.

© Tekniska museet. Photography by Ellinor Algin 2

© Tekniska museet. Photography by Ellinor Algin

© Tekniska museet. Photography by Ellinor Algin.

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