To Chocolate Infinity & Beyond w/ Director

May 23rd, 2006

Is this a picture of me at the latest club dancing the night away? I can’t say it is, but it is a picture from a project that was recently completed using Director located at Cadbury World across the lake in Birmingham, UK.

Chocolate Infintiy

The development team at HMC Media Lab used 3 computers networked together with a shock sensitive floor and motion tracking to make interactive chocolatey graphics at Cadburys World theme park in the UK. Director was used to create “custom software from the ground up and installed it across three computer processors at the nerve centre of the installation.”

As you enter the infinity room a giant chocolate bar melts into gloopy puddles beneath you and, when you jump in them, chocolate splashes all over the floor. Then a sprinkling of individual Roses chocolates appear beneath your feet. You won’t believe your eyes when they unwrap as you tread on them but as you step off they wrap back up.

I’m always amazed by what one can do with Director. Now, if I make it over to to the UK I’ll be sure to stop by. Mmmm…..chocolate — Homer Simpson.

Entry Filed under: Daily thoughts,Real-world Examples

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aardvark  |  May 11th, 2006 at 8:44 am

    No, I’m never working with Director (again). 😛

  • 2. John Barrett  |  May 11th, 2006 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for this, really cool.
    I tried to get it to work, but could not:(

  • 3. MultimediaGuy  |  May 11th, 2006 at 10:17 am

    John, what exactly isn’t working? One minor annoyance with the program is that there is no indication that it is running unless you open your Activity Monitor. In that it shows up as DejaMenu. On my machine (dual 2.7 G5) it uses around 20 meg of real RAM and 375 meg of virtual (seems pretty high!).

    If it is running the apple-shift-m combination always seems to work for me 😉

    It would be nice if there was some indication it was running.

  • 4. Richard Leggett  |  May 23rd, 2006 at 8:15 am

    I went there just recently, they’ve got a couple of other cool Director experiments, one takes a picture of you, and re-moulds you out of chocolate. 🙂

  • 5. alex da Franca  |  July 2nd, 2006 at 7:09 am

    You know, that you can use the menus without the mouse?
    I can’t remember the default keybopard shortcut, I think it is Cmd+F3, as I have set it to an easier combo on my system.
    you can navigate through each menu using the arrow keys.

    I use Ctrl+ for the menu, Ctrl+ for the dock. (You can set the keyboard shortcuts in the system preferences)

    No need for an additional background task, which may break in future OS versions anyway, if you use the built-in functionality.

  • 6. alex da Franca  |  July 2nd, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    arg, I shouldn’t use the lt and gt chars in blog comments…

    I meant:
    Ctrl+up arrow and Ctrl+down arrow

  • 7. rdl  |  November 21st, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    There HAS to be a cool game that could be made using that technology!

  • 8. Moses  |  November 28th, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Reminds me of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory! I happen to live over on the other side of the pond, so sounds like Cadbury’s World is well worth a visit for all that cool stuff . . .


  • 9. Chocolate Maniac  |  January 1st, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory make me happy to eat chocolate

  • 10. burun  |  January 23rd, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Great work and impressive idea to use three computers and Director. Congrats.

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