Working in partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Digital Media Center, which created the interactive content, DMG served as the project’s IT and mechanical integrator. DMG applied its expertise in implementing digital environments to UConn’s vision and system components for experiential design, and also offered guidance on AV technology and other services not typically within the university’s capabilities.
After reviewing DMG’s preliminary designs, LED was selected over LCD as the optimal technology choice as it would allow for a more cohesive visual presentation. DMG then built a proof-of-concept system at UConn utilizing selected PC hardware and sensors, setting up a large-format high brightness Barco video projector to replicate the size of the hospital display. Over the span of several months, DMG’s team worked closely with UConn’s Digital Media Center to determine optimal position for both cameras and sensors to achieve the best interactive experience. In addition, DMG provided the Media Center’s team with a small-scale LED display that was used for character modeling.
For the final 17 by 15-foot LED display, DMG selected Barco C-5 LED tile for its robustness, built-in redundancy feature, and fanless design, which was appropriate for the hospital environment. The impressive screen featured a -30 meter curve and 5.5mm pitch for an immersive and visually stimulating image. No one is left out of the experience, in addition to utilizing motion sensing technology, the fully interactive system was also designed to allow children with physical limitations to interact via a tablet application.