Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).
If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:
- Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
- Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
- Virtually rot proof
- 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA
- swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
- outdoor life time warranty for 30 years
- no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
- high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms
Interesting light fixtures for creative / imaginative space -children’s gallery, maker, etc.
Came across this software “play panel” in Gressco’s literature. Looks like they are rebranding a NunoErin product (the folks who invented the “sparkle bench”).
The 4 games included are pretty good considering the price: $4300 from Gressco. Perfect for a low-cost add to a children’s area that can’t pay for custom software. Comes in wall or table mount form factor.
Here’s the Gressco page -watch the video to see the games in action.
And the NunoErin link:
This company specializes in creating simple geometric forms that visitors can assemble and combine into large integrated structures. Could apply to Maker, Engineering, Art, Physics content, among others, as well as special themed events (i.e. a riff on Cardboard City). They don’t seem to be exploiting the decoration aspect of such structures, which could add richness, originality and personalization to the work. They also produce a variety of small Maker style projects i.e. individual stools or lamps, that would seem to be nearly fool proof yet satisfying activities. Hat tip to Joseph for this one.
Here’s the company:
And a post on a recent installation:
A few pics from various projects below:
This organization (and their award) is new to me. Seems like it’s the industry inventing an award to give itself for member publicity, but none-the-less, the projects are an interesting animal -large scale commissioned art pieces, some of which are interactive. As we play more and more in this field (think Speed Light Race, Dayton Dragon Flyer, CSC icons) helpful to see to see what types of projects are being funded. EventScape has several pieces in the list:
I gave the page a quick review. Here’s a few that caught my eye:
Water Lobby (we should steal this idea, watch the video, very simple, very effective)
Deep Web (an ambitious dance of lasers & moving sculpture)
Spannungsfeld (interesting conceptually)
Mike D found this different version of a Magic Book. Interesting that they are using rigid pages which takes away from the interesting nature of the tactile pages I think but probably helps quite a bit with registering content on the page. Calvin thinks they are using the black icons on each page as page number codes.
Came across this company recently. They rep themselves as an AV hardware company that specializes in elements for interpretative environments.
Saw their headphones in use at the Blues museum in St. Louis and was impressed with the beefy armored cable and heavy duty swivel point connection (see photos). They also sell interesting solutions like weather proof, solar powered interp audio stations for outdoor use (think zoos, natural trails). They are in England, but if the quality is high, might be worth dealing with an overseas supplier to obtain hardware elements that would require considerable R&D if we produced internally. And since their solar and hand crank options should be completely self-contain (i.e. self-powered) shouldn’t be issues with different electrical standards. Not the prettiest stuff, but I could see us finding ways to incorporate the hardware into our own structure / scenic envelops with good results. They also sell full service kiosk design & fab (content & hardware) through their Blackbox website.
Visitor Powered Outdoor Audio Stations (the hand crank is a novel approach)
Armor Cable Headphones