We worked with Mlink Technologies to develop and create an advanced E-Learning Engine for Nokia Academy; an internal, international online resource for training Nokia personnel. The engine loads content via XML and image/animation files dynamically allowing for easy updates, multilingual internationalization and modular reuse. The E-Learning Engine automatically senses its host environment, adapting itself for direct CD playback, online playback, use within a larger website template, and also works within the Docent LMS. Accurate phone simulations can be run in two modes: one which simulates and describes all steps without user interaction, and one which requires the user to follow the steps, using the virtual keyboard and provides immediate feedback and hints for correcting wrong actions. This engine has been used with a range of phones including the Communicator 9500.
We worked for DARPA to create 3D objects and environments for an interactive virtual simulatulation system that could be used to run war time scenerios and to train military medical personel.
The NYU News Study Center came to us with the daunting task of rescuing hours of archived footage from a wide range of video formats (some extinct) and qualities. Much of this footage was one of a kind and was the only record of Broadcasts by well known Media Critic Edwin Diamond. Using a combination of digital and analog techniques, we transferred and restored the footage, creating archival copies, then compressed and encoded it for online delivery.
We worked with the Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art to develop and create a CD-Rom based tool to help teachers incorporate Western Art into their curriculum. The easy to use system includes Topical lesson plans, a slide show/lesson presentation tool, a handout generator, and a visit coordinator which allows easy scheduling of a class visit to the Museum. The disk features live internet connectivity providing news and updates directly to the Teacher’s desktop.
We worked with Inspire Graphic House to create a promotional CD-Rom for a NY based ski resort. The piece incorporated high quality video and sound which was designed for smooth playback without requiring the end user to install any special software or player. Written around IPIX technology, this multimedia piece allowed the user to explore interactively linked high resolution virtual 360 degree images of the facilities. Spacially placed hot spots allowed users to follow their own path, obtaining further details and images along the way.
To help promote the home video sales of Barney tapes, we digitized and encoded promotional video for the Barney web site. Care and experience allowed careful adjustments and custom filters creation to maintain color accuracy and image/sound quality across a range of formats which were optimized for dialup and medium and high speed broadband.
Elston Nationwide Carriers wanted an animated marketing piece that they could use to introduce themselves to new customers. We first spent some time helping them to select the best format, then we created a 60 second spot in Macromedia Flash. The piece reflects the pride of ownership and commitment to services that has carried the company through three generations of the Elston family ownership and highlights other points that set this national freight carrier apart from its competition leaving the viewer with an understanding of the strength, stability and commitment that sets Elston Nationwide apart from its competition.
We worked with Inspire Graphics House to create an interactive kiosk for the Japanese National Museum. The piece was created in Director and utilized dynamic imaging techniques to simulate the rotation of slot machine wheels. Produced with a programmable backend, the piece allowed for programming and gathering of win/loss percentages and other usage statistics across multiple sessions.
We worked with Mlink Technologies to develop and create the engine that is used to author the Manuals in Motion training materials used by Verison customers. The engine was created in Macromedia Flash and all content is loaded dynamically at run time from a combination of image and XML files. This allows easy content management to facilitate updates, new phones and multilingual delivery. The engine allows for dynamic generation of a menu with submenu, automatic (timed) or manual navigation thru content, animated demonstrations and search functionality.
With the rapid development and deployment of new phones, Nokia support personnel around the world must become familiar with each model and the intricacies of their operation. Working with Mlink Technologies, we developed a flexible solution for creating interactive training simulations which are accurate, and easy to localize for regional phone and language variations. To facilitate rapid content development, we integrated a custom screen simulator which dynamically generates accurate screen simulations at runtime using XML based instructions. To facilitate accurate and economical translation on the TRADOS system, we rewrote the native Flash XML parser to allow for specific use of HTML within XML nodes without use of entities or creation of child nodes. The E-Support Engine continues to be used and upgraded as additional features are needed.