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7thSense Design Media Server Runs the Show at Discovery Park of America’s Earthquake Simulator

Sussex, UK (September 29, 2014) The new Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee, USA, has been supplied with leading-edge media serving technology from 7thSense Design. The Delta Media Server has been installed inside the Earthquake simulator by system integrator, Electrosonic and serves as one of many state-of-the-art educational and entertainment experiences on display at the centre.

Part museum, part education centre, Discovery Park of America sits on a 50-acre site and the benchmark of the park is Discovery Center, a 100,000 square foot building with 70,000 feet of exhibits in Obion County, Tennessee – two hours from the city of Memphis. Hailed as a world-class educational space and filled with a  range of exhibits, the family attraction holds ten experience galleries – most of which feature audio-visual equipment installed by AV integrator, Electrosonic.

As one of the most iconic and prominent exhibits, the Earthquake simulator theatre was supplied to recreate the earthquakes of nearby Reelfoot Lake that occurred between 1811 and 1812.

The immersive experience features a Delta Nucleus Media Server powering a five-channel Christie DS+6K-M projection system onto 270º wraparound screens, all installed by Electrosonic. High performance special effects audio and tremors simulate the earthquake for the standing audience.

Tim Wilson, Project Manager at Electrosonic explained, “The Delta Nucleus was the perfect solution given the project’s need for five synchronous uncompressed 1920 x 1080 outputs along with the demanding edge-blending and geometry correction requirements for the curved screen.”

The huge $100m park project, funded mostly by Robert and Jenny Kirkland also of Obion County is dedicated to enhancing educational experiences for children and adults alike. As regular 7thSense project partners in recent years, Electrosonic was introduced to the project by Maltbie who were responsible for exhibit fabrication.

Matt Barton, 7thSense Director added, “We are delighted to have supplied another one of our systems to such a high-usage attraction. Given that the theatre is designed to create earthquake experiences as true-to-life as possible, Delta was chosen based on its ability as a reliable and high performance solution fit for purpose.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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