was at Disney Imagineering R&D we
acquired the coolest non-conventional
display device I've ever seen (with the possible exception of the wooden
mirror from Siggraph 2000). The device was called an "AdBall"; it
used an array
of spinning LEDs to project a glowing red afterimage on the surface of a
blue sphere. Although it only contained one line of LEDs, the LEDs spun so
fast that a persistent image was maintained on the glass.
||My assignment was to reverse engineer
the AdBall message protocol and build a CGI interface that let people send
messages to the AdBall on my desk (as well as triggering effects like
spinning, rotating, and blinking). It was fun to
receive glowing, spinning messages at my desk.
|Eventually, the plan
use AdBalls to display the status of the Enhanced Television Web Servers.
The ball would query the servers every
so often and display live status reports.
Standing by the
AdBall in my Enchanced Television Hat.