Architecture Machine Group: Movie Manual

  • ©, Architecture Machine Group

  • ©, Architecture Machine Group

  • ©, Architecture Machine Group




    Movie Manual



Artist Statement:

    This transmission manual is not an ordinary manual, but a prototypical teaching device that uses the power of computer graphics and computer-controlled video disks for the display of images, movies, text and sound.

    The system combines the best qualities of books, movies and computers while overcoming their individual limitations. It is an interactive, branching system that allows the user to pursue any avenue of questioning he likes. More conventional systems are linear, offering only multiple choice alternatives. In this system, the branching is consistent throughout, permitting the user to move anywhere he likes, from a general level of instruction, to one of the finest detail.
    Answers from the system may come in the form of projected video pages with images and text; or as more sophisticated moving pictures with sound, animation, and three-dimensional modeling.

    Data is stored on an optical video disk as picture, text and sound. Interaction occurs through a touch-sensitive display screen that allows the user to simply touch a part of a picture or text in order to ask for more information and get it instantly.


Technical Information:

    Equipment: Perkin-Elmer 3230 Ramtek 9400 frame buffer Discovision optical videodisk Elographics touch-sensitive screen Color graphics monitors
    Software: P1/1 on Magic 6 operating system

Affiliation of Artist When Artwork Was Created:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology