Fun with Blender


I have been investigating [ Blender] and it seems like a great tool to create various scenes to show on the monitors in the Spaceroom. With some game logic it would be easy to select the various videos to show on the screen.
The videos could easily be incorporated into some of the main program windows.

Here is small sample video from Blender with a little audio track added using Sonar X1:

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The Arduino Board


It has been a while on posting here. Primarily there have been many other projects that taken time away from the Spaceroom work. However I have always been looking for interesting things both in hardware and software that could contribute to the system.

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NOAA Space Weather sites


Lots of cool info about aurora solar storms, etc... Would be good to integrated into some of the supporting screens.

[ Noaa Space Weather]

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MIDI controller


One of the challenging things has been to find a way to light up lights and respond to buttons that located around the ship. This looks like a possible way to simplify the output. Certainly a MIDI file could do some cool animated lights and servos.
Unfortunately it only supports MIDI output, (and THRU) so it cannot be used to gather input.

[ MIDI Decoder]

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Fun with Sound


Included with the Open GL package for Delphi [ GLScene] are various extras such as the ODE package as well as [ the BASS sound library]. Recently I took a closer look at the library to see what it can do. I have to say that it is pretty amazing.

The library is a relative small single (100K) DLL with header or unit files for various languages including VB, C, and Delphi. There also extension libraries that allow for specific encoding and special effects. It support playing streaming radio (Shoutcast) in the background as well as many audio files both wave based and music files such as MIDI and MOD music files. Check out the site link above for more details.

There are a number of sample programs, and the one showing how to play a Shoutcast feed was most interesting. My goal was to create an HTTP plugin that would be able to play that stations on the main simulation server box, (so that the music would come out of the main speakers), but allow control from one of the remote machines. Remarkably it worked on the first try, a rare occurance in web server modules, usually due to executing in a separate thread.

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