In one of the most complex projects we have worked on, the Ken team architected and developed a full technology update for the Sound Lab exhibit at the Experience Music Project. This installation consists of installations that allow visitors to quickly learn to play instruments, including Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Drums.
Each station includes an instrument that has the ability to cue the user via lights on the frets/keys/drum heads and a touch screen that provides the user with instruction that includes voice over audio, music, video, still images and animation. Individual stations are grouped into “trios” that can interact with each other so that users can play together if they like, or they can play separately with no audio feed between the stations.
The installation makes use of a number of different systems and technologies that must communicate with each other in real time with no delay or lag to provide a seamless experience.
The menu UI is written in Flash running in the AIR run-time environment. It communicates via XML over a socket connection to a Windows Service component that manages all of the interaction with the instrument for audio playback and control of the cue lights, and with a third-party audio processing system for effects and channel mixing â€“ all via MIDI data over USB. Additional support is provided for proprietary protocols used by the Guitar and Bass, for intra-station communication via XML to manage the audio feed that allows users to play together, for real-time status checking of all system components and other features.
This project was technically complex, high profile and significant in scale in scope. The Ken team conceived, designed and developed all of the software components and worked with the EMP team to define the hardware requirements for the installation.
Working in collaboration with Interpret Green, we developed three interactive, touch-screen installations featuring the history, environment and sponsors of the DuPont Environmental Education Center, a wetlands conservation facility in Wilmington Delaware. The interactive applications were developed using a custom Flash client rendering via XML templates in the Adobe AIR player.
The ken team created Xeko Online, an online community, game and website for environmentally conscious parents and kids who are looking for enriching entertainment. Kids love animals, and it was great to see this audience of boys & girls ages 8 and up, captivated by the Xeko fantasy.
The ken team’s work included website design and development, gameplay design, and UX consulting, as well as overseeing and coordinating the efforts of all project partners and team members.