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New lab for interactive videos.

New lab for interactive videos

Last week the Smithsonian Institution, together with a groupof public broadcasting stations and systems, launched what they believe to be the first comprehensive U.S. center for research and development on interactive-video applications. Located at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., this National Demonstration Laboratory for Interactive Video Technologies is open to educators, museum leaders, journalists, legislators and policy analysts with an interest in marrying computers and software to video, audio and graphic information stored on optical disks.

One application the Smithsonian is developing would permita theme-oriented tour of its holdings: Calling up "airborne,' for example, would provide access not only to planes from the Air and Space Museum, but also to birds from the National Zoo, sketches by Audubon from Smithsonian's art galleries, the pterodactyl model (SN: 10/19/87, p.247) at the Air and Space Museum and a survey of insect research at its Panama center.
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Title Annotation:National Demonstration Laboratory for Interactive Video Techniques
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 7, 1987
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