Electrosonic showed off the interactive PufferSphere M600 at the 2012 IAAPA trade show and conference in Hong Kong. Triggering touch points placed at various locations on the globe, visitors could call up information, photos and videos of the latest Electrosonic installations from around the world.
While there may be no world cups, European medals or even match winning balls contributed by Scotland to the newly opened National Football Museum, the Pufferfish team are proud to have provided something Scottish to the cause…
Moving from its previous location at Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium to its new surroundings in Manchester, the National Football Museum has undergone a makeover of epic proportions, adding a raft of interactive experiences to engage and excite visitors.
Adding to that excitement is the inclusion of a PufferSphere XL HardBall. Placed as a centerpiece for footballing action, visitors are invited to walk around the display reliving classic football moments and learning about the scale of the ‘FIFA Family’ through an inbuilt audio system.
Testament to the unique draw of the display, the PufferSphere still manages to grab and hold the attention of visitors whilst being surrounded by a treasure trove of English footballs most treasured artifacts; including the shirt worn by Maradona while he performed the now infamous ‘Hand of God’ and that little talked about World Cup won by England in 1966! (My English colleagues tell me neither of these things should ever be forgotten.)
Special thanks go to systems integrators DJ Willrich for their brilliant installation of all the exhibits around the museum and the team at Centre Screen for creating the absorbing content for our display.
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Becoming accustomed to flying over to the other side of the world to install our shiny video balls; changing time zones, watches and projector timers accordingly it was a refreshing adjustment to do an installation a little closer to home…
Having the opportunity to install one of our displays at our favourite Edinburgh museum, the National Museum of Scotland, was an enormous thrill for the Pufferfish team. We’re no strangers to high profile museum projects, but to have one we can visit every weekend with friends and family makes this installation all the more special.
Fittingly for a museum in a city which was home to the genesis of modern geology, the 1.6m PufferSphere XL forms the focal point of an exhibition area titled ‘Our Restless Earth’, where it is used to display continental drifts, tectonic plate movements, rock formations and volcanism over time; much to the delight of visiting children who seem to digest the information best by running around the sphere!
It is no surprise to us that after the £47 million refurbishment of the museum, it has since become the UK’s most visited attraction outside of London with a huge increase of 141% in visitor numbers.
This makes us very proud, not just to have been involved in an installation on our doorstep, but also with such a prestigious museum. Never shy in showing off our kit, we have taken to encouraging friends, clients and partners to visit the museum whenever they are in Edinburgh, asking them to spot our sphere amongst a host of other treasures.
Thanks go to the team at ISO design for creating the informative content for our sphere, the Atlas AV team for their integration and all of the wonderful team at NMS.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND: [nms.ac.uk/]
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