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ELECTRONIC PHOTO SYSTEM FOR DISNEY THRILL RIDE CAPTURES 1993 KODAK TEAM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Development of a unique electronic image capture system for theme park thrill ride applications recently earned a team of Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) scientists and engineers the company's 1993 Gold Team Achievement Award.
 The award is presented annually by Kodak research management to recognize teamwork and cooperation between technical and business units at Kodak that result in the commercialization of innovative new technology. This is the


fifth year the awards have been presented.
 The system, which had its first installation at Splash Mountain, a Thrill Ride at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., captures pictures of guests as they are falling through space on their way to "splash down" from the five-story-high "mountain". Afterwards, they see themselves on large electronic displays and can obtain a print of the image.
 Designed by Kodak researchers, the system is capable of delivering over 200 pictures an hour, 18 hours a day, 365 days a year. It incorporates a specially modified Kodak digital still camera, Kodak digital image processing hardware and software, 18 Kodak thermal color printers and thermal print media.
 The 14 Thrill Ride Imaging Platform (TRIP) team members represent seven Kodak business, manufacturing and R&D units. The team worked in concert with Walt Disney Imagineering -- as well as other Kodak product and business groups -- over a 10-month period to produce the system which was installed last May.
 "This project will ultimately serve as a model for other high- response, market driven programs at Kodak," said Dr. James W. Meyer, director of Imaging Research and Advanced Development, and chief technical officer, Imaging. "It can also serve as a springboard for other new products which require the effective marriage between digital image manipulation and hard copy output."
 The Kodak system is also installed at the Splash Mountain attraction in Disneyland, California, and on a ride in Las Vegas. Other installations, now in the planning stages, indicate that the TRIP system provides new imaging opportunities for Kodak in the theme park arena.
 Three other Kodak teams earned Silver Team Achievement Awards:
 KODAK CAMEO MOTORDRIVE CAMERA TEAM. For work related to the design and manufacturing of one of Kodak's most successful consumer camera products. The compact (slightly thicker than a 35mm film cartridge) camera is the first Kodak camera to be entirely designed using computer assisted design technology.
 DUSTBUSTING TEAM. For work on the first digital restoration of a feature-length motion picture, "Snow White." The project restored the Disney motion picture, initially released in 1937, to its original high- quality color. The film totaled 119,500 frames.
 KODAK EKTACHROME UNDERWATER FILM TEAM. For design and development of a new film for underwater photography applications. The film, introduced in January 1993, reduces the blue cast common to underwater images recorded on daylight films and accurately captures the color of the undersea world.
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen, Media Relations, of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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