7thSense has supplied core technology to the Daily Planet, the immersive dome experience that opened this week by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. An 80,000-square foot extension to the Museum the Nature Research Center (NRC) has been designed to bring research scientists and their work into the public eye.
The centrepiece of the NRC is the SECU Daily Planet, a hemispherical dome that uses multimedia technology to link the virtual and natural worlds together. A seamless transition between the two timelines, known internally as Ambient Mode, is ensured by the provision of luma-key transition movies created by batwin+robin productions, which was responsible for the creative concept and content execution at the Daily Planet. 7thSense worked closely with b+r throughout, with AV systems contractor Electrosonic and show-control provider Smart Monkeys also playing pivotal roles in the realisation of the project.
“The system design is unique,” confirms Ian Macpherson, director of 7thSense. “We supplied a single Delta server to drive all six of the Christie projectors for the main display wall, with 2K x 2K uncompressed media resolution and real-time warp-and-blend to make a single, continuous canvas. A second Delta server then feeds another timeline into the live inputs of the first one."