NY Governor uses “Alternative Fuels” design

This week we were contacted by Governor Pataki’s office about using graphics Ideum developed with California Science Center for a major speech yesterday. The graphics were developed for an interactive exhibit called Alternative Fuels which is in California Science Center’s Transportation Gallery. The exhibit is one of four that we developed with the museum in 2004.

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Although personally we tend to gravitate to other side of the aisle, it is nice to see our graphics being used for a good cause. The Governor is looking to end “exclusivity” contracts between distributors and service stations that prohibit the sale of renewable fuels in the state. The press release on the Governor’s site explains more.

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Update: I finally got around to posting a picture of the actual exhibit. It uses four pump handles that visitors use answer questions and learn about four alternative fuels. The look we developed for the screens was used by California Science Center for the exhibit graphics as well.

The exhibit displays wide-screen video from DVD. An industrial Pioneer DVD-V7400 is used along with a custom controller (that talks to the RS232C connection), so that the pump handles send commands to the DVD player. The exhibit is in English and Spanish language (Combustibles Alternativos)! The bright push-button to the right of the screen toggles the exhibit from language to language.

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