| Mini FX Digi-Theater
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Florida is the lightning capital of the United States, I have
designed an indoor Special Effects Theater System that could be
programmed with numerous self-running educational shows. It would
be a fully immersive experience for the audience that would put
them in the middle of the action. The system and shows could easily
be incorporated into an existing theater or Planetarium. Depending
on what equipment is already installed at the venue, the entire
system should cost less than $50,000.
The system would be entirely
computer controlled. Show would run approx. 15 minutes and be
hosted by a "Virtual Announcer".
The house lights would automatically dim, the wind (from built in
fans) would start and lightning (from high-powered strobes) would
create the illusion of a real storm. Afterwards the lights would
come back on, the audience clears out and 15 minutes later the
next show would automatically begin.
Here is a sample
of possible shows:
"Earth, Wind &
The shows would incorporate computer controllable fixtures such
as simulated fire,
lightning, wind, thunder, clouds, fog, etc.
The system would also allow the theater to provide high-tech children and adult parties,
holiday and themed parties and have the capability to
science demonstrations, award ceremonies, etc. in a modern
All of the equipment
uses very little electricity, generates
little or no heat and is very easy to operate. Once installed,
the theater could now be able to accommodate a wide variety
of functions and events that may not be presently feasible.
science themed shows that could give guests a great theater
experience include: Stars/Astronomy,
Hurricanes, Lightning, Oceans, Outer Space, Electricity, Volcano's, etc. It
would provide a guest experience that would be compared to Disney and
certain World's Fair pavilions with visitors wanting to come back again
& again. Kids as well as adults would absolutely love it since there
isn't anything like it around.
order to experiment and fine tune the production,
I have the following special effects units set up in my garage.
On the right is a type of "Tactile" chair that
would let the guests feel as well as see and hear the show.
adds feeling of movement
inexpensive way to improve the sound in almost any theater, would
be the addition of acoustic panels.
They come in a variety of colors and are easily installed
onto the existing walls.
They would also give the room a very high-tech look.
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