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QuBits Provide Excursion to the Edge of the UniverseSpitz Chooses QuBit EL For the Papalote Children's Museum (May 31, 2004)
QuVIS announced the installation of its QuBit® EL servers by Spitz, Inc. for North America's largest digital dome within the interactive children's museum, Papalote Museo Del Niño in Mexico City, Mexico. Spitz, Inc., the leading manufacturer of planetarium systems and a pioneer of immersive video systems, provided the dome and theater integration, as well as projection system design, automation, and sound system to the domodigital-Banamex Theater.
Beneath the 23-meter diameter, 165 degree dome, 269 spectators are transported 1,500 light-years to the Orion Nebula to learn about the formation of the stars in "Passport to the Universe." Images of the universe provided by NASA and the European Space Agency are combined to create a 19-minute, high definition CGI program produced by the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History. The video content, created in a 1280*1024 p60 format, comprises nearly 5.5 million pixels and more than 16 million colors, to offers some of the most spectacular images of the cosmos to truly immerse the audience in the imagery. Spitz's ATM-4 theater automation system uses nine synchronized QuBit ELs to supply high resolution graphics to 9 Barco SLM R10 10,000-lumen Galaxy WARP(tm) Projectors configured to Spitz's ElectricSky® specification.
Spitz selected QuBit EL for its ability to accurately sync multiple units, display image quality that is unsurpassed and efficiently manage the media. "The QuVIS servers feature excellent visual quality with extremely efficient compression, allowing more content storage," commented Mark Jarvis, director of systems engineering for Spitz. The DLP projectors were chosen over the typically-used CRTs because they provide higher brightness and color saturation.
The Papalote Museo Del Niño was built 10 years ago with plans of incorporating a planetarium and until now used the facility to house an indoor children's play area. With Banamex as the principle sponsor of the theater, the museum celebrated the grand opening with lines that extended around the block as thousands of visitors gathered to see the new addition. The program is shown 16 to 19 times per day and the planetarium has had in excess of 120,000 people through the facility in their first three months of operation.
The Mexico City installation is the third and largest planetarium project for which Spitz has specified QuBit ELs as the source for the video storage and playback. The other locations include the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, which employs four servers, and the ElectricSky Theater at Avampoto Discovery Museum in Charleston, WV, which employs three QuBits. Additionally, Spitz engineered the dome theater space for the Volkswagen Pavilion at Autostadt in Wolfsberg, Germany, where four QuBits drive the imagery within an 18-meter diameter sphere.
About QuVIS, Inc.
QuVIS Inc., is the leading provider of motion imaging technology providing digital solutions based on Quality Priority Encoding, QPE(tm) a real-time recording process that guarantees image quality at user-definable levels. The QuVIS line of servers, recorders and players offers the highest resolution images available for production, post production, digital dailies, digital cinema, simulation and large screen displays. The ASIC version of QPE, embodied in the QuVIS Digital Mastering Codec (QDMC(tm)), offers new capabilities for the image storage, analysis and communication industries and is available for OEM and licensing applications. For information contact QuVIS, Inc., 2921 Wanamaker Drive, Suite 107, Topeka, KS 66614, (785) 272-3656, or visit www.quvis.com.
About Spitz, Inc.
Spitz, Inc. is the leading supplier of immersive video theaters, dome projection screens and planetaria for group entertainment, education and training. Spitz products are used in a variety of markets including museums, destination visitor centers, simulator rides, large-format film theaters and theme parks. For information visit www.spitzinc.com.
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