November 11, 2014
Softeq Development, a seasoned provider of embedded software development services, announced it has completed installation of its DURATEQ® Assistive Technology System at the Lelawi Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Washington, D.C.
The Lelawi Theater is a 120-seat circular space that offers its guests an immersive multimedia experience while introducing the audience to the heritage and today’s diversity of Native American cultures of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The tour starts with a 13-minute video presentation displayed across unique projection surfaces — a 40-foot, 360-degree dome, a faux rock installation, and four cloth screens replicating woven Native textile art. The video story is accompanied with the light and sound effects designed to highlight the American Indian artifacts displayed along the walls.
To enable a more engaging and up-to-date visitor experience for theater-goers with limited abilities, including foreign guests, the DURATEQ® installation team configured and deployed 24 Durateq units and five 5U docks in conjunction with a series of major multimedia system enhancements:
- Multi-language captioning: Provided in English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Japanese.
- Video-synced captions: Placing the DURATEQ® IR flood emitters inside the central video screen structure of the theater and aiming them at the domed ceiling supports video-synced caption triggering.
- Custom splash screen: Softeq’s team customized the ALiCE (Assistive Listening and Captioning Engine) splash screen to show an external view of the NMAI building.
- Device drop reminder: Thanks to a mini emitter installed outside the exit doors the DURATEQ® is triggered to display a message reminding users to return the devices to museum personnel before leaving the theater.
The DURATEQ® ATV device was designed and developed by Softeq as part of the proprietary Disney SyncLinkTM Technology to provide a highly immersive and interactive experience for people with hearing and visual disabilities. This makes the DURATEQ® the device of choice for the nation’s most popular public venues such as museums, parks, memorials, and other vaunted landmarks.
“It is an honor to work with such a prestigious museum as NMAI. It is also very gratifying providing our systems for the benefit of local and foreign tourists, including guests with disabilities. We sincerely hope that the DURATEQ system will significantly enhance the experience at the Lelawi Theater for all visitors who utilize the system,” commented Paul Fruia, VP Engineering at Softeq Development Corp.
About the Lelawi Theater
This 120-seat circular theater, located on the Fourth Level of the NMAI, offers a dazzling multimedia experience designed to prepare museum-goers for the themes and messages they will encounter during their museum visit. A 13-minute presentation, titled ‘Who We Are’, immerses viewers in the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary Native life and explores, from a Native perspective, the strength that different communities across the hemisphere derive from their connections to land, religion, traditional knowledge, self-government, and self-expression.