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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2017-02-02 17:55:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
The U.S. Embassy to Jakarta features a high-tech cultural center called ?@america?. @america?s mission is to provide a space for young Indonesians to learn more about the United States through discussions, cultural performances, debates, competitions and exhibitions.

Since Google generously donated it six years ago, @america has had a Liquid Galaxy deployed for use at the center. Not until recently, however, has @america taken advantage of our Content Management System. This past year, End Point developed and rolled out a revamped and powerful Content Management System for the fleet of Liquid Galaxies we support. With the updated Content Management System, End Point?s Content Team created a specialized Interactive Education Portal on @america's Liquid Galaxy. The Education Portal featured over 50 high quality, interactive university experiences. Thanks to the CMS, the Liquid Galaxy now shows campus videos, university statistics, and fly-tos and orbits around the schools. The campus videos included both recruitment videos, as well as student-created videos on topics like housing, campus sports, and religion. These university experiences allow young Indonesians the opportunity to learn more about U.S. Universities and culture.

@America and the US Embassy report that from December through the end of January, already more than 16,500 Indonesians have had the opportunity to engage with the Education Portal while visiting @america. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to help the US Embassy use their Liquid Galaxy for such a positive educational cause.


Liquid Galaxy systems are installed at educational institutions, from embassies to research libraries, around the world. If you?d like to learn more about Liquid Galaxy, please visit our Liquid Galaxy website or contact us here.
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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-12-29 21:56:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

An article was posted on The Tech Broadcast last week that featured the UNC Chapel Hill Center for Faculty Excellence's Faculty Showcase. The faculty showcase included a fantastic presentation featuring the many ways students and faculty use their Liquid Galaxy, and discussed other opportunities for using the system in the future.

Exciting examples cited of great classroom successes making use of the Liquid Galaxy include:

  1. A course offered at UNC, Geography 121 People and Places, requires its students to sift through data sets and spend time in the GIS lab/research hub making maps using the data they've collected. The goal of this assignment is to demonstrate understanding of diversity within particular geographic entities. The students use the Liquid Galaxy to present their findings. Examples of studies done for this project include studies of fertility, infant mortality, income inequality, poverty, population density, and primary education.

  2. A group of students working in lab found that the household income of a particular municipality was many times greater than all surrounding municipalities. By looking around on the Liquid Galaxy, they discovered an enormous plantation in a very rural area. They were then able to understand how that plantation skewed the data from the entire municipality.

  3. While studying a web map, students found that average life expectancy dropped by a decade within a very short distance. They decided to look at the Liquid Galaxy to see whether they could make any conclusions by viewing the area. By using the Liquid Galaxy, the students were able to think about what the data looks like, not just statistically but on Earth.

  4. A Geography teacher had a lecture about the geography of Vietnam. The teacher used the Liquid Galaxy to give the class a tour of Vietnam and show how the different areas factored into the course. The teacher asked the class where within Vietnam they?d like to go, and was able to take the students to the different geographical areas on the Liquid Galaxy and tell them in detail about those areas while they had the visual support of the system.

  5. A geography class called The Geography of Latin America focuses on extractive industries. The class discusses things like agriculture in South America, and the percentage of land in Brazil that is used for soy production. The faculty reports that seeing this information in an immersive environment goes a long way in teaching the students.

  6. Urban planning students use the Liquid Galaxy when looking into urban revitalization. Uses for these students include using the system to visit the downtown areas and see firsthand what the areas look like to better understand the challenges that the communities are facing.

  7. Students and faculty have come to LG to look at places that they are about to travel to abroad, or thinking about traveling abroad, in order to prepare for their travels. An example given was a Master of Fine Arts student who was a sculptor and was very interested in areas where there are great quantities of rocks and ice. She traveled around on the the Liquid Galaxy and looked around in Iceland. Researching the system on the Liquid Galaxy helped to pique her interest and ultimately led to her going to Iceland to travel and study.

During the faculty showcase, faculty members listed off some of the great benefits of having the Liquid Galaxy as a tool that was available to them.

  1. The Liquid Galaxy brought everyone together and fostered a class community. Teachers would often arrive to classes that utilize the Liquid Galaxy and find that half the students were early to class. Students would be finding places (their homes, where they studied abroad, and more) and friendships between students would develop as a result of the Liquid Galaxy.

  2. Liquid Galaxy helps students with geographic literacy. They are able to think about concepts covered in class, and fly to and observe the locations discussed.

  3. Students often bring parents and family to see the Liquid Galaxy, which is widely accessible to students on campus. Students are always excited to share what they're doing with the system, with family and with faculty.

  4. Faculty members have commented that students that don?t ask questions in class have been very involved in the Liquid Galaxy lessons, which could be in part because some students are more visual learners. These visual learners find great benefit in seeing the information displayed in front of them in an interactive setting.

  5. From a faculty standpoint, a lot of time was spent planning and trying to work out the class structure, which has developed a lot. Dedicating class-time for the Liquid Galaxy was beneficial, and resulted in teaching less but in more depth and in different ways. The teacher thinks there was more benefit to that, and it was a great learning experience for all parties involved.

Faculty members expressed interest and excitement when learning more about the Liquid Galaxy and the ways it is used. There was a lot of interest in using the Liquid Galaxy for interdisciplinary studies between different departments to study how different communities and cultures work. There was also interest in further utilization of the system?s visualization capabilities. A professor from the School of Dentistry spoke of how he could picture using the Liquid Galaxy to teach someone about an exam of the oral cavity through the LG. Putting up 3D models of the oral cavity using our new Sketchfab capabilities would be a perfect way to achieve this!

We at End Point were very excited to learn more about the many ways that Liquid Galaxy is being successfully used at UNC as a tool for research, for fun, and to bring together students and faculty alike. We look forward to seeing how UNC, among the many other research libraries that use Liquid Galaxy, will implement the system in courses and on campus in the future.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-09-30 21:02:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
Liquid Galaxy was recently featured in Realtor Magazine as new mapping technology that can benefit real estate companies. The article was featured online as well as in their print magazine. The online version can be found here.

The article discussed how new innovations in mapping technology have led to new and exciting tools for real estate professionals to connect with current and future clients. Liquid Galaxy is a prime example of that.

In a section titled "Amping up Office Offerings," author Meg White writes "Web traffic is nice, but what about bringing more clients into the office? Maybe it?s time your brokerage built its very own map room. New York?based tech development company End Point has installed its Liquid Galaxy mapping display at dozens of companies worldwide. The first real estate firm to use Liquid Galaxy was CBRE, followed by other commercial firms, including ProLogis and JLL."

The article continues by mentioning the Liquid Galaxy's standard configuration of an array of 55-inch screens. Users have the ability to enter any address they'd like, as well as explore the world using a 3D joystick. In addition, the Liquid Galaxy can display key information to real estate investors and developers, like population density and nearby transportation. The system is a great eye-catcher and crowd-pleaser, and outside of VR technology and actually being inside a building, it's the only large and immersive way to view a new property.

Real estate is one of the industries that effectively utilizes Liquid Galaxy the most. If you would like to learn more, you can visit our Liquid Galaxy website or contact us here.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-09-28 16:35:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
The National Weather Center (NWC) recently deployed a 7-screen Liquid Galaxy system in their Visitor?s Center, the first room visitors see as they enter the breathtaking NWC building on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma.

Compared to some temporary installations that require actual architectural changes to the building, this installation was fairly simple because the open space was already available and we did not need to coordinate with building contractors.

In order to most efficiently assemble and test the Liquid Galaxy, our build, customization, and testing staff in Tennessee prepared the Liquid Galaxy in accordance with the details requested by the NWC. They then shipped the Liquid Galaxy in our custom flight cases that protect the system in transit.

Our expert installer, Will Plaut, flew on site to Oklahoma and got the electrical, power, networking, frames, navigation podium, and calibration aligned. Will has assembled Liquid Galaxy systems in four different countries and is very comfortable with system assembly.



Content has already been built for the system, including scenes with videos and supplementary weather information, as well as a weather game created specifically for use on the Liquid Galaxy system. The weather game is a weather simulator, designed as a competition between teams representing The Ohio State Buckeyes and The University of Oklahoma Sooners. Members of various departments dropped by during installation to see the system, and inquired as to whether they too would be able to build their own content to show on the system.

Thus far, the Liquid Galaxy at NWC has been a great success. NWC?s Liquid Galaxy is a popular exhibit that is getting utilized by many in the building. The day after installation, the University?s Provost and Board of Regents came to see the system firsthand and were pleased with the new exhibit.

We are delighted with how this installation turned out. If you would like to learn more, you can visit our Liquid Galaxy website or contact us here.



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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-07-21 16:53:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
The Liquid Galaxy was recently featured on the front page of Reef Builders, the original and longest running saltwater fish blog and a leading source of aquarium news. Reef Builders writer Nicole Helgason wrote the story, which can be found here.

The Liquid Galaxy is an amazing tool for aquariums (not to mention other kinds of museums, offices, educational institutions, and more) around the world. It is a particularly effective for aquariums due to the underwater imagery shown on the system, as well as End Point's Content Management System that allows users the opportunity to tell underwater "stories" with supporting images, videos, and content. We have deployed to aquariums and science museums throughout the US, Europe, and East Asia.

The Liquid Galaxy lets visitors explore coral reefs and underwater environments the exact same way they navigate Street View (it's the same app and data set) with a full set of screens to give a totally immersive experience. While viewing the dazzling immersive display, the user can make use of the Liquid Galaxy touchpad and 3D joystick to look around and navigate through the display.

A video demonstrating how the Liquid Galaxy is utilized in aquariums can be found below. If you're interested in learning more about Liquid Galaxy for your aquarium, please contact us here for more information.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-07-12 16:11:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
PBS recently aired a segment about the Liquid Galaxy! Just before we presented at New York Tech Meetup, we were interviewed about the Liquid Galaxy for SciTech Now, a PBS publication. The interview took place in NYU?s Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, which is where New York Tech Meetup takes place every month.



The Liquid Galaxy segment, which can be viewed above, features Ben Goldstein and me talking with complementary visuals playing at the same time.

Ben Goldstein opens the segment by talking about how the Liquid Galaxy is a panoramic system that engages your peripheral vision, and is immersive in that way.

I go on to add that the system consists of large paneled screens set up in an arch around the viewer. The Liquid Galaxy includes a touchscreen and 3D joystick that allows users can fly around the world. From there, with the use of End Point's Content Management System, users can add images, video, kml, other overlay, to add interactivity and build custom presentations on the system. Thus far, the Liquid Galaxy has been particularly popular in real estate, museums, aquariums, research libraries, hospitality, and travel.



















Ben concludes the segment by talking about how the system kind of plays "follow the leader". Navigation occurs on the central display, while the other displays are configured at appropriate geometric offsets. The other displays pull down their appropriate section of the world so that the viewer can see the world in an immersive panoramic view all at once.

We hope you enjoy our segment!



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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-05-12 15:22:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

For the last few weeks, our developers have been working on syncing our Liquid Galaxy with Sketchfab. Our integration makes use of the Sketchfab API to synchronize multiple instances of Sketchfab in the immersive and panoramic environment of the Liquid Galaxy. The Liquid Galaxy already has so many amazing capabilities, and to be able to add Sketchfab to our portfolio is very exciting for us! Sketchfab, known as the ?YouTube for 3D files,? is the leading platform to publish and find 3D and VR content. Sketchfab integrates with all major 3D creation tools and publishing platforms, and is the 3D publishing partner of Adobe Photoshop, Facebook, Microsoft HoloLens and Intel RealSense. Given that Sketchfab can sync with almost any 3D format, we are excited about the new capabilities our integration provides.

Sketchfab content can be deployed onto the system in minutes! Users from many industries use Sketchfab, including architecture, hospitals, museums, gaming, design, and education. There is a natural overlap between the Liquid Galaxy and Sketchfab, as members of all of these industries utilize the Liquid Galaxy for its visually stunning and immersive atmosphere.

We recently had Alban Denoyel, cofounder of Sketchfab, into our office to demo Sketchfab on the Liquid Galaxy. We're happy to report that Alban loved it! He told us about new features that are going to be coming out on Sketchfab soon. These features will automatically roll out to Sketchfab content on the Liquid Galaxy system, and will serve to make the Liquid Galaxy's pull with 3D modeling even greater.

We?re thrilled with how well Sketchfab works on our Liquid Galaxy as is, but we?re in the process of making it even more impressive. Some Sketchfab models take a bit of time to load (on their website and on our system), so our developers are working on having models load in the background so they can be activated instantaneously on the system. We will also be extending our Sketchfab implementation to make use of some of the features already present on Sketchfab's excellent API, including displaying model annotations and animating the models.

You can view a video of Sketchfab content on the Liquid Galaxy below. If you'd like to learn more, you can call us at 212-929-6923, or contact us here.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Yaqi Chen) on 2016-04-27 17:49:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

Nowadays, virtual reality is one of the hottest topics in tech, with VR enabling users to enter immersive environments built up by computer technology. I attended Mobile World Congress 2016 a few weeks ago, and it was interesting to see people sit next to one another and totally ignore one another while they were individually immersed in their own virtual reality worlds.

When everyone is so addicted to their little magic boxes, they tend to lose their connections with people around them. End Point has developed a new experience in which users can watch and share their virtually immersive world together. This experience is called the Liquid Galaxy.

When a user stands in front of Liquid Galaxy and is surrounded by a multitude of huge screens arranged in a semicircle, he puts not only his eyes but his whole body into an unprecedented 3D space. These screens are big enough to cover the audience?s entire peripheral vision and bring great visual stimulation from all directions. When using the Liquid Galaxy system, the users become fully immersed in the system and the imagery they view.


Movie Night at End Point

This digital chamber can be considered a sort of VR movie theater, where an audience can enjoy the same content, and probably the same bucket of popcorn! While this setup makes the Liquid Galaxy a natural fit for any sort of exhibit, many End Point employees have also watched full length feature movies on the system during our monthly Movie Night at our Headquarters office in Manhattan. This sort of shared experience is not something that is possible on typical VR, because unlike VR the Liquid Galaxy is serving a larger audience and presenting stories in a more interactive way.


For most meetings, exhibitions, and other special occasions, the Liquid Galaxy helps to provide an amazing and impactful experience to the audience. Any scenario can be built for users to explore, and geospatial data sets can be presented immersively.

With the ability to serve a group of people simultaneously, Liquid Galaxy increases the impact of content presentation and brings a revolutionary visual experience to its audiences. If you'd like to learn more, you can call us at 212-929-6923, or contact us here.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-04-22 21:52:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

The Liquid Galaxy, an immersive and panoramic presentation tool, is the perfect fit for any time you want to grab the attention of your audience and leave a lasting impression. The system has applications in a variety of industries (which include museums and aquariums, hospitality and travel, research libraries at universities, events, and real estate, to name a few) but no industry's demand rivals the popularity seen in real estate.

The Liquid Galaxy provides an excellent tool for real estate brokerages and land use agencies to showcase their properties with multiple large screens showing 3D building models and complete Google Earth data. End Point can configure the Liquid Galaxy to highlight specific buildings, areas on the map, or any set of correlated land use data, which can then be shown in a dazzling display that forms the centerpiece of a conference room or lobby. We can program the Liquid Galaxy to show floor plans, panoramic interior photos, and even Google Street View ?walking tours? around a given property.

A Liquid Galaxy in your office will provide your firm with a sophisticated and cutting edge sales tool. You will depart from the traditional ways of viewing, presenting, and even managing real estate sites by introducing your clients to multiple prime locations and properties in a wholly unique, professional and visually stunning manner. We can even highlight amenities such as mass transit, road usage, and basic demographic data for proper context.

The Liquid Galaxy allows your clients an in-depth contextual tour of multiple listings in the comfort of your office without having to travel to multiple locations. Liquid Galaxy brings properties to the client instead of taking the client to every property. This saves time and energy for both you and your prospective clients, and sets your brokerage apart as a technology leader in the market.

If you'd like to learn more about the Liquid Galaxy, you can call us at 212-929-6923, or contact us here.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2016-01-04 16:35:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

On December 15th, End Point presented the Liquid Galaxy at New York Tech Meetup, the largest meetup group in the world. End Point Co-Founder/President Ben Goldstein and I gave a five minute overview and then answered questions from the audience for another five minutes. At the conclusion of the presentation portion of the event, attendees went to the after-party, where we had a full Liquid Galaxy system set up for attendees to experience for themselves.

I opened up the presentation by speaking about where the Liquid Galaxy is being utilized (corporate offices, museums, and commercial enterprises around the world), and about the setup of the system (large paneled HDTVs, a touchscreen, 3D joystick, and 3 rack-mount servers). I talked about how the Liquid Galaxy was originally a tool designed to view Google Earth in an immersive setting, but from there End Point has expanded the Liquid Galaxy?s capabilities to make it a tool for educational and commercial use, marketing, sales, and research.

I went on to explain how End Point?s Content Management System gives users the ability to tell their story and show information and data points on the system. You easily can include images, panoramic videos, KML and other sorts of overlays. By using your company?s GIS (Geographic Information System) data, you have an entirely new way of visualizing data, 3D models, and presenting demographic and other critical information to your target audience, while still providing the excitement of the immersive experience. This includes things like population density, property value data, bar graphs and more.

I closed by explaining how each of the screens is being calculated to match the physical angle of the display. When those displays are put in an arch around the viewers, the sense of immersion and depth comes alive to the point of giving a real sense of flight and place.

From here, Ben G. touched on some of the more technical elements of the Liquid Galaxy. He explained that the main applications running on the Liquid Galaxy are Google Earth, Street View, a local panoramic still image and video viewer, and End Point?s Content Management System.

Ben G. discussed remote support, and how when End Point deploys a new system, it monitors the system in a variety of ways, one of which is with screen captures. Screenshots are generated so End Point can see remotely what its customers are seeing on the ground.

Ben G. finished the talk by explaining the architecture of the typical Liquid Galaxy systems. The physical architecture has a headnode and a number of display nodes. The head node is plugged into the network and it serves as a NATing router for the display nodes which run on an internal LAN. The display nodes are blank machines that netboot from an ISO on the headnode. This makes it easy to remotely upgrade a system. End Point support personnel generate a new ISO on the headnode and restart the display nodes remotely.

Q&A Session

After our presentation, Ben G. and I were asked questions about the Liquid Galaxy. Some highlights:
  • "How does the Liquid Galaxy fit in the context of AR and VR?" Ben G. explained that one thing that distinguishes the Liquid Galaxy is the communal experience. Often with VR, the user is having an individual experience. We foresee combining with the LG with a VR headset, so that you will be able to display what you?re seeing on the headset right onto the LG.
  • "How is End Point engaging content creators for the platform?" There is a big, vibrant community that we want to integrate with. For a simple but useful example, cell phones can generate panoramas, which can be dropped into the CMS.
  • "Can you use the Liquid Galaxy to map an emergency before and after the event?" Ben G: Absolutely. We think the LG is an excellent display platform to show events as they are occurring. One of the things that?s great is the Liquid Galaxy takes in your peripheral vision, so if you have a spherical or panoramic collection tool then you can really see it on the system.
  • "How close to live data can you get?" The Liquid Galaxy is primarily being run with Google Earth at the moment. You can incorporate panoramic images, depending on what your data source is. If you?d like to incorporate a panoramic webcam, your info can display instantaneously on the LG.

During the after-party, attendees had the opportunity to free fly on the Liquid Galaxy, to view presentations, and to navigate around on Street View. Six members of End Point?s team were present, so attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about the system.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Jacob Minshall) on 2015-12-18 21:17:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

ROS has become the pivotal piece of software we have written our new Liquid Galaxy platform on. We have also recently open sourced all of our ROS nodes on GitHub. While the system itself is not a robot per se, it does have many characteristics of modern robots, making the ROS platform so useful. Our system is made up of multiple computers and peripheral devices, all working together to bring view synced content to multiple displays at the same time. To do this we made use of ROS's messaging platform, and distributed the work done on our system to many small ROS nodes.

Overview

Our systems are made up of usually 3 or more machines:

  • Head node: Small computer that runs roscore, more of a director in the system.
  • display-a: Usually controls the center three screens and a touchscreen + spacenav joystick.
  • display-b: Controls four screens, two on either side of the middle three.
  • display-$N: Controls more and more screens as needed, usually about four a piece.

Display-a and display-b are mostly identical in build. They mainly have a powerful graphics card and a PXE booted Ubuntu image. ROS has become our means to communicate between these machines to synchronize content across the system. The two most common functions are running Google Earth with KML / browser overlays to show extra content, and panoramic image viewers like Google's Street View. ROS is how we tell each instance of Google Earth what it should be looking at, and what should appear on all the screens.

Ros Architecture

Here is a general description all our ROS nodes. Hopefully we will be writing more blog posts about each node individually, as we do links will be filled in below. The source to all nodes can be found here on GitHub.

  • lg_activity: A node that measures activity across the system to determine when the system has become inactive. It will send an alert on a specific ROS topic when it detects inactivity, as well as another alert when the system is active again.
  • lg_attract_loop: This node will go over a list of tours that we provide to it. This node is usually listening for inactivity before starting, providing a unique screensaver when inactive.
  • lg_builder: Makes use of the ROS build system to create Debian packages.
  • lg_common: Full of useful tools and common message types to reduce coupling between nodes.
  • lg_earth: Manages Google Earth, syncs instances between all screens, includes a KML server to automate loading KML on earth.
  • lg_media: This shows images, videos, and text (or really any webpage) on screen at whatever geometry / location through awesome window manager rules.
  • lg_nav_to_device: This grabs the output of the /spacenav/twist topic, and translates it back into an event device. This was needed because Google Earth grabs the spacenav event device, not allowing the spacenav ROS node access.
  • lg_replay: This grabs any event device, and publishes its activity over a ROS topic.
  • lg_sv: This includes a Street View and generic panoramic image viewer, plus a server that manages the current POV / image for either viewer.

Why ROS

None of the above nodes specifically needs to exist as a ROS node. The reason we chose ROS is because as a ROS node, each running program (and sometimes any one of these nodes can exist multiple times at once on one machine) has an easy way to communicate with any other program. We really liked the pub/sub style for Inter-Process Communication in ROS. This has helped us reduce coupling between nodes. Each node can be replaced as needed without detrimental effects on the system.

We also make heavy use of the ROS packaging/build system, Catkin. We use it to build Debian packages which are installed on the PXE booted images.

Lastly ROS has become a real joy to work with. It is a really dependable system, with many powerful features. The ROS architecture allows us to easily add on new features as we develop them, without conflicting with everything else going on. We were able to re-implement our Street View viewer recently, and had no issues plugging the new one into the system. Documenting the nodes from a client facing side is also very easy. As long as we describe each rosparam and rostopic then we have finished most of the work needed to document a node. Each program becomes a small, easy to understand, high functioning piece of the system, similar to the Unix philosophy. We couldn't be happier with our new changes, or our decision to open source the ROS nodes.


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Dave Jenkins) on 2015-11-09 18:01:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
The National Congress of Industrial Heritage of Japan (NCoIH) recently deployed a Liquid Galaxy at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The display showed several locations throughout southern Japan that were key to her rapid industrialization in the late 19th and early 20th century. Over the span of 30 years, Japan went from an agrarian society dominated by Samurai still wearing swords in public to an industrial powerhouse, forging steel and building ships that would eventually form a world-class navy and an industrial base that still dominates many lead global industries.

End Point assisted by supplying the servers, frame, and display hardware for this temporary installation. The NCoIH supplied panoramic photos, historical records, and location information. Together using our Roscoe Content Management Application, we built out presentations that guided the viewer through several storylines for each location: viewers could see the early periods of Trial & Error and then later industrial mastery, or could view the locations by technology: coal mining, shipbuilding, and steel making. The touchscreen interface was custom-designed to allow a self-exploration among these storylines, and also showed thumbnail images of each scene in the presentations that, when touched, brought the viewer directly to that location and showed a short explanatory text, historical photos, as well as transitioning directly into Google Street View to show the preserved site.

From a technical point of view, End Point debuted several new features with this deployment:

  • New scene control and editing functionalities in the Roscoe Content Management System
  • A new touchscreen interface that shows presentations and scenes within a presentation in a compact, clean layout
  • A new Street View interface that allows the "pinch and zoom" map navigation that we all expect from our smart phones and tablets
  • Debut of the new ROS-based operating system, including new ROS-nodes that can control Google Earth, Street View, panoramic content viewers, browser windows, and other interfaces
  • Deployment of some very nice NEC professional-grade displays
Overall, the exhibit was a great success. Several diplomats from European, African, Asian, and American countries came to the display, explored the sites, and expressed their wonderment at the platform's ability to bring a given location and history into such vivid detail. Japan recently won recognition for these sites from the overall UNESCO governing body, and this exhibit was a chance to show those locations back to the UNESCO delegates.

From here, the Liquid Galaxy will be shipped to Japan where it will be installed permanently at a regional museum, hopefully to be joined by a whole chain of Liquid Galaxy platforms throughout Japan showing her rich history and heritage to museum visitors.

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published by noreply@blogger.com (Ben Witten) on 2015-11-04 15:00:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category

The Liquid Galaxy is an open source project founded by Google and further developed by End Point along with contributions from others. It allows for ?viewsyncing? multiple instances of Google Earth and Google Maps (including Street View) and other applications that are configured with geometric offsets that allow multiple screens to be set up surrounding users of the system. It has evolved to become an ideal data visualization tool for operations, marketing, and research. It immerses users in an environment with rich satellite imagery, elevation data, oceanic data, and panoramic images.

End Point has had the opportunity to make incredible custom presentation for dozens of clients. I had a chance to connect with members of the End Point Liquid Galaxy team, and learn about which presentations they enjoyed making the most.

Rick Peltzman, CEO

One of the most exciting presentations we made was for my son?s 4th grade history class. They were learning about the American Revolution. So, I came up with the storyboard, and TJ in our NYC office created the presentation. He gathered documents, maps of the time, content (that the kids each took turns reading), drawings and paintings, and put them in an historical context and overlaid them on current topographical presentations. Then the ?tour? went from forts to battlefields to historical locations to important cities. The teachers were able to discuss issues and gather the kids? excited responses to the platform and what it was presenting to them that day. The experience was a big hit! It proved representative of the tremendous educational opportunities that Liquid Galaxy can provide.

Ben Witten, Project Specialist

My favorite presentation was one that I created, for fun, in preparation for the 2015 Major League Baseball Postseason. This was the very first presentation I made on the Liquid Galaxy. I appreciated the opportunity to combine creating a presentation revolving around my favorite sport, while at the same time teaching myself how to make exciting presentations in the process. I was able to combine images and overlays of the teams and players with videos of the matchup, all while creating orbits around the different postseason stadiums using the Liquid Galaxy?s Google Earth capabilities.

Ben Goldstein, President

My favorite experience on the Liquid Galaxy (or at least the one I think is most important) is seeing the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, which is creating a complete panoramic survey of the ocean?s coral reefs. It?s an amazing scientific endeavor and it?s a wonder of the world that they are documenting for humanity?s appreciation and for scientific purposes. Unfortunately, as the survey is documenting, we?re witnessing the destruction of the coral reefs of the world. What XL Catlin is doing is providing an invaluable visual data set for scientific analysis. The panoramic image data sets that the XL Catlin Seaview survey has collected, and that Google presents in Street View, show how breathtakingly beautiful the ocean?s coral reefs are when they are in good health. It is now also documenting the destruction of the coral over time because the panoramic images of the coral reefs are geospatially tagged and timestamped so the change to the coral is apparent and quantifiable.

Kiel Christofferson, Liquid Galaxy Lead Architect

The tour of all of the End Point employees still stands out in my mind, just because it?s data that represents End Point. It was created for our company?s 20th anniversary, to celebrate our staff that works all across the globe. That presentation kind of hit close to home, because it was something we made for ourselves.

Dave Jenkins, VP Business Development

The complex presentations that mix video, GIS data, and unique flight paths are really something to see. We created a sort of ?treasure hunt? at SXSW last year for the XPrize, where viewers entered a code on the touchscreen based on other exhibits that they had viewed. If they got the code right, the Liquid Galaxy shot them into space, but if they entered the wrong code?just a splash into the ocean!


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Erik Samsoe) on 2015-10-26 15:35:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category
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End Point enjoys a strong presence in the aquarium and museum community with our ability to deploy the Liquid Galaxy display platform. Our content team recently embedded 14 graphic overlays in the Aquarium of the Pacific and Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Liquid Galaxy systems. These layers highlight National Marine Sanctuary PDF maps created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of 14 protected areas encompassing more than 170,000 square miles from American Samoa to the Florida Keys. As marine sanctuaries, however, these locations are not gong to see as many humans as Yosemite or Yellowstone. Embedding the maps on the Liquid Galaxy allows viewers to dynamically explore the marine sanctuary map and its relationship to the larger landscape in Google Earth, and brings these remote locations to many more interactions with the public.

We are happy to share some of the media that goes into these presentations: A short YouTube video featuring the Marine sanctuary overlays in Google Earth is here [ http://goo.gl/VfQccK ]. If you would like to explore the marine sanctuaries overlays on your desktop in Google Earth, the .kmz files are hosted with Google Drive here [ http://goo.gl/Ku6zik ]


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published by noreply@blogger.com (Will Plaut) on 2014-10-07 00:34:00 in the "Liquid Galaxy" category


End Point was proud to present the Liquid Galaxy for the French Golf Federation at this year?s Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland. The French Golf Federation will be hosting the cup in 2018 at Le Golf National, which is just outside of Paris and is also the current venue of the French Open.

Throughout the event, thousands of people came in and tried out the Liquid Galaxy. The platform displayed one of its many hidden talents and allowed golf fans from around the world to find and show off their home courses. One of the most interesting things to witness was watching golf course designers accurately guess the date of the satellite imagery based on which course changes were present.


This deployment presented special challenges: a remote location (the bustling tented village adjacent to the course) with a combination of available hardware from our European partners and a shipment from our Tennessee office. Despite these challenges, we assembled the system, negotiated the required network connectivity, deployed the custom interface, and delivered a great display for our sponsoring partners. The event was a great success and all enjoyed the unseasonably mild Scottish weather.





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