Scitech Planetarium re-opens in Perth, Western Australia with Sky-Skan converting the Omnimax dome to a Definiti 4K fulldome system.
“The new and improved Scitech Planetarium offers a visually captivating experience for our visitors,” said Scitech CEO, Alan Brien.
“The new planetarium is like chalk and cheese when you compare it to the old facility. The pictures are sharper and more intense, and the live journeys that we take visitors on through the Universe are even more powerful because you can see incredible detail shooting past as you make your way through the Solar System.” Mr Brien said.
“We’ve brought 45 years of Sky-Skan expertise in immersive theatres to ensure the new planetarium delivers a high-end and globally-regarded experience for Scitech visitors,” said Sky-Skan CEO, Steve Savage.
“The new planetarium projectors are Sony T420’s which provide fabulous picture quality, brightness, and contrast. This full-dome video projection system blankets the hemispherical dome with a single seamless, ultra high-resolution video image. The result is spectacular colour and movement like never before, creating a unique immersive environment and awe-inspiring astronomical experience.”
Scitech Planetarium staff have been trained by Sky-Skan to create stunning fly-through presentations. Visitors find themselves interacting with the night sky and being taken to the very edge of the known Universe on the huge 18 metre dome.
Richard C. Conti, Chief Wonder Officer of the Science Museum of Virginia, said, “Our Dome theater in Richmond has connected millions of guests with worlds they could only imagine. We are truly excited that the Danville region will now have their own place that will serve as a launching point for kids to change the world.”
Congratulations from all of us at Sky-Skan!
"The new, ultra-immersive version of To Space & Back represents digital cinema at its absolute visual peak." -- Steve Savage, President, Sky-Skan
Sky-Skan's educational, 25-minute documentary “To Space & Back” will be re-released in September 2013 at 8K resolution, stereoscopic 3D and 60 frames per second (fps), pushing the technical boundaries of digital cinema to an extreme as yet unrivaled by commercial movie exhibition.
Produced by Sky-Skan in association with The Franklin Institute, To Space and Back was created for digital dome cinema (“fulldome”). The new release will deliver hyper-real, scientific visualizations of acute detail, clarity and depth without picture stutter or motion blur.
It will premiere to the industry in 4K/60 fps/stereo 3D in September at the Fulldome Film Festival of 'Imiloa Astronomy Center (Hawaii), and subsequently to the public in 8K/60 fps/3D at Macao Science Center (China).
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The New Hampshire High Technology Council (NHHTC) has chosen Definiti 3D 8K as Product of the Year! Read more at NHHTC.org.
Fulfilling the original mandate of India's first Prime Minister, the Nehru Planetarium is now a Definiti Optical theater with exciting new capabilities. Sky-Skan installed both optical and digital projection systems, including a MEGASTAR from Ohira Tech in Japan which produces an astounding 8 million stars. Paired with that is a Definiti digital system with multiple times HDTV resolution.Read the press release
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s Definiti 4K installation is featured in the September 2010 issue of Sound and Communications (starts on page 60). Writer Judy Rubin interviewed Morehead staff and Sky-Skan’s Kurt Berna for the article on several “immersive cinema” projects. The new theater name is GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater.Click here to read the article on-line.
The project included Sky-Skan engineering a mirrored mount for the Definiti 4K projectors to fit vertically in the space. We also created a custom Definiti Panel with digital manual controls; we made it match the existing custom panel from the 1980s.
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded Sky-Skan as "NH Small Business Exporter of the Year" for 2010 in a ceremony today in Bedford, New Hampshire. Sky-Skan president Steven Savage accepted the award in a video from Lanzhou, China. Vice-president Virginia Savage was on-stage for the ceremony, which honored a number of small business leaders based in New Hampshire. Sky-Skan's recent exports have grown in recent years with strong sales in Europe, China, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
Sky-Skan's exports have grown to more than half of its business. With new markets opening up for large and small Definiti theaters, Sky-Skan expects a continued increase of exports with assistance from its partner companies. Sky-Skan partners with PCCW-HKT, based in Hong Kong, for its projects in China, including recently installed or announced theaters in Macao, Dunhuang, and Yulin. Sky-Skan is assisted in India by Young India Films, and will install its first Definiti Optical system in Lakshadweep. In Japan, Konica-Minolta is installing the world's largest planetarium with a Definiti 8K system in Nagoya. Woosung Precision Optics Co. is Sky-Skan's partner in South Korea, with several projects complete. Exports to South America have grown significantly with partner OMNI LUX in Brazil. These international partners share in the success of Sky-Skan's exports in recent years. Sky-Skan Europe has also been seeing significant activity, including a 1,600 square meter (17,000 square feet) screen for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010. With developing markets in China, India, and South Africa, Sky-Skan is poised to remain at the front of the digital fulldome planetarium market for years to come.
See Sky-Skan President Steve Savage's acceptance speech:
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