Zeum Children’s Museum
2003 – 2007 San Francisco, CA
Production studio with visitor identification, user-created scripts, green screen, teleprompting, and DVD burning.
Designers: Lisa Dunmeyer, Dieter Design / BBI Engineering
We have been working with Zeum Children’s museum for four years on variations of this theme. Through years of user testing and modifications, we have advanced from a simple “push a button, record a movie,” to a full fledged production studio. Kids use a kiosk to write their own scripts and add in sound effects and backgrounds. On the stage, they perform their scripts in front of a teleprompter and confidence monitor. Afterwords, they can watch their performance and burn it to DVD. They create a unique login name so that when they return to Zeum, they can work with the same scripts they created on their first visit.
This was one of the more complex software projects BBI has done. It uses eleven computers and multiple programming languages. At any given time, four different visitors can be writing their scripts, a fifth will be performing, and a sixth will be burning their performance to DVD. In addition, the system is primed for going online.