For the second year in a row, City Tech’s Department of Entertainment Technology projects display won a Blue Ribbon Editor’s Choice award at the Maker Faire New York. This award is given “to the Makers that have demonstrated great creativity, ingenuity and innovation for their Maker Faire project. This year’s Entertainment Technology display featured two interactive projects developed and presented in the collaborative way that is at the heart of the department’s process.
“Trash Can Man,” pictured here, is a pop-up animatronic character that is a part of the department’s annual “Gravesend Inn” haunted hotel attraction. The pop-up head was crafted by now-alumnus John Tamerlani when he was a student in Professor Charles Scott’s “Monster Shop” class. Tamerlani is now working at CBS Television and is a member of the Local 1 stagehands union. The pop up effect’s theme park-grade interactive mechanical, audio and lighting control system features control gear from Automation Direct and Alcorn McBride, and was designed and programmed by Professor John Huntington and built, wired and installed by a student crew.
Professor Sue Brandt presented her Arduino-powered interactive LED children’s book, Princess Quest. This book leads young children on a treasure quest and features an interactive wand and wirelessly linked crown. When readers discover the secret in the reading, selected LED’s in the book and crown light when readers move the wand ovefr the correct place in the associated illustrations.