INVENTIONS TECHNOLOGY / ENGINEERING
Throughout my endeavors I am constantly seeking emerging technologies and techniques to produce interesting products and solutions.
Below are some of the technological diciplines I have utilized in my projects.
OPTICS / MICRO MECHANICAL:
Gained extensive experience in the repair an maintenance of lens and camera systems at NASA in late 70's. This helped propel interest in optics and micro mechanics used frequently in the design of laser and video systems.
Began studying electronics in video studio and audio studio electronics an an early age. Having a strong understanding of these principles has been invaluable throughout my career.
35+ year history in touring and industrial system development, laser simulation and alternative electro mechanical optical systems, Produced first and only moving head laser system with full CDRH USA approval. Class IV Audience Scanning Projector.
AUTOMATION / ROBOTICS:
Extensive application experience utilizing actuators, galvanometers, servo and steppers to produce robotic animatronic and positioning systems.
COMPOSITES/ ADVANCED MATERIALS:
Using Carbon Fiber , Aramid Honeycomb panels, Nomex, Sorbothane and other similar materials have proven invaluable in the production of many of my products with respect to strength, weight, heat insulation and vibration isolation.
New opportunities are being discovered almost daily, given the advancement and acceptance of VR and 360 video. While VR technology has entered the main stream, many states of development will evolve as applications become common place in the years to come.
ALTERNATIVE IMAGING & MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DISPLAY SYSTEMS:
Holographic, 3D, Glasses Free 3D are just some of the examples of current display options currently available. Some of these will become more evident as we progress.
3D COMPUTER SIMULATION / PRE-VIZ:
I have been at the forefront of Simulation in live entertainment for over 20 years. Founding ESP Studios and driving the development of 3D Stereoscopic interaction with these models. The industry has evolved at a rapid rate now providing many options for Pre-Viz and computer simulation.
1984 ....ASL, AUDIENCE SCANNING LASER
Developed first ever FDA / BRH (CDRH / FDA) approved Audience Scanning Laser projector. The ASL, allowed the output to be safely pointed directly into the audience. This had never been achieved in the US for public sale. These lasers although only a hundred milliwatts were very intense when used with proper media and lighting. We debuted 24 ASL's on strategic dates of Sting's Blue Turtles tour. An additional 24 units were sold to night clubs. The scanning system based on inertia and opto-mechanics, was the only approved method of laser audience scanning until 2000. The development of this product was too far ahead of its time for mass market penetration, due to the high product cost and market education. At the time these units sold for $5000. Today over 1 million similar laser projectors have been sold worldwide due to changes in regulations and laser classifications at price points under $100.
2002-2004 VLS1 (LX1) (MOVING YOKE LASER PROJECTORS)
The advent of compact, high output solid state lasers provided the opportunity to finally development of a moving yoke laser projector that could be run from a lighting console through DMX. Once again meeting resistance from the CDRH / FDA made the compliance aspect equally as daunting as the physical development. The LX1, based on a High End Studio Spot 250 yoke produced ultra high resolution laser graphics and multiple diffraction effects as well as the ability to reposition projection from one location to another through the automation. This greatly simplified the process and number of lasers required to project upstate graphics as well as audience atmospheric effects. The unit was 100% DMX controlled from the lighting console and although only green, the beam was so tight and crisp that ultra long throw graphics and beam effects could be used in a variety of applications. At a price of 30K our focus was on major tours and high end clubs and theaters. This was the first and still is the only CDRH approved moving yoke projector in the US.
We debuted at LDI 2003 winning best new product and booth awards while landing a spot with Linkin Park and POD on the Linkin Park Meteora tour. Three LX1’s were featured and placed on top of dual sub speaker cabinets at the front of the stage. A very advanced vibration isolation system was also developed to accommodate the placement. next up COLOR!!!
2004-2008 LXColor (MOVING YOKE LASER PROJECTORS)
With the success of the LX1, the demand for a full color version was upon us. The solid state laser source industry was evolving quickly and we began developing our own full color laser with partners Laser Quantum who at the time produce the highest beam quality available. The new laser source required us to develop our own yoke / fixture for the product. The LXColor was quiet a departure from traditional moving lights both in function and physical design. With the existing approval for our laser yoke safety systems, focus on expanded capabilities consumed the development schedule. While the new LXC would retain the LX1's basic control function making them compatible with existing LX1's, the new LXC offered direct integration of Pangolin's Live Pro software package. This required the LXC to include a control computer for each unit. At a new price of 85K per unit, each system included composite ultralight road cases, powerful PC, DMX control, full Pangolin software and hardware, rack mounted UPS as well as cable and operation packages. We sold a total of 32 units prior to the 2008 collapse. 30 of the 32 units are still in operation today.
2012 INTERACTIVE LASER MIDI TRIGGER INSTRUMENT
My association with with MOBIUS 8 (John Laraio) began in 2005. John was already an established musician and performance artist at that time. He had developed a unique instrument, the HYDRA. The Hydra was played through hand controlling IR beams that triggered midi samples and lasers. He had opened for NSync's 2000-2001 world tour so was well established. I began working with him on laser programming and he was also instrumental in the development of Vegas Lasers laser rental company that utilized our LX lasers. In 2012 John approached me about doing a rework of the Hydra adding lasers into the IR units so the audience would see him actually manipulating the beams as he played. This project encompassed a completely new frame, packing and adding the 1 watt blue and 1 watt green lasers to each of the 13 BEAM units. To achieve ATA compliance, since John flew to a lot of gigs, all new aspects of the rig were produced in carbon fiber to reduce weight. The end result can be seen in his current performances. MOBIUS 8
2015 HD VIDEO DRUM SHELL SURFACES
DRUMTEK became a reality in late 2015. My Goal is more of a deveopment path or proof of concept, Utilizing advanced laser video projection and active optics I was able to achieve the first full HD video drum shells. This application of technology and art is one of my favorite ongoing projects. While long term goals are to fully develop multiple drum product ranging from the video shells and heads to robotic Hi-Hats cymbal stands and ergonomic orthopedic drum thrones. for more info click on the DRUMTEK link.
CONTACT Don@Performancearts.net 702.885.5198
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS
Front View Single Unit
Single Unit With Model
Front View Exposed Chassis
Profile Exposed Chassis
Exposed Chassis 2
Scan Module Installed
Final Scan Module With Shutter
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VLS ONE Prototype (LX1)
LDI 2003 Award
First Brochure Cover
First Demo Use
POD Graphics 1
POD Graphics 2
POD Matrix Effect
POD Opening Night
Image Projection CURB Bld
Image Projection PREDATORS Logo
Image Projection NHL
Beam Projection Across River To Batman Bld
Proctor and Gamble Industrial Event
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LXColor Black Production Version
LXColor Brochure Front
LXColor Brochure Back
LXC Prototype 1
LXC Prototype 2
LXC Prototype 3
LXC Development Unit (Barney) Base
LXC Barney Optical Bench
LXC Laser Quantum RGB Laser
LXC Projector Frame Jig
LXC LQ RGB Laser Power Supplies
LXC Umbilical Connector
LXC Drive Rack
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MOBIUS 8 With New HYDRA
New Hydra Less Beam Covers
Mobius Live 1
Mobius Live 2
Mobius Live 3
Hydra Carbon Fiber Frame
Hydra Carbon Frame With Pedals
Hydra Carbon Fiber Pedal Enclosure Loaded
Hydra Test Blue Lasers
Hydra Green Laser Test
Hydra Green Lasers Less Covers
Hydra Frame Wired And Collapsed For Packing
Hydra Frame Being Fitted For Shipping Case
Hydra Beam Heads In Case
Hydra Beams In Case Prototype
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PixelHead And BD Shell Still From Video 1
PixelHead And BD Shell Still From Video 2
PixelHead And BD Shell Still From Video 3
PixelHead And BD Shell Still From Video 4
Pixel BD Shell Only Still From Video 1
Pixel BD Shell Only Still From Video 2
PixelHead And BD Shell Still From Video 5
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