We helped create a combine simulator using a real combine cab. You can step inside, sit down, and turn on the combine. You hear the engine start, and see a corn field in front of you on the large monitor. You adjust the throttle and steer with the real controls, and after you harvest the corn, you drive to the bin, extend the arm, and dump the corn into it.
To create this virtual world, we adapted a 3D program, wrote scripts to integrate it with a small Linux computer system, and modified the 3D program to get input from the real controls. We used a micro-controller to connect those controls to the PC and 3D software.
The inventor of the Ferris wheel hailed from Galesburg, Illinois, so Discovery Depot also wanted a big wheel as centerpiece of their new museum. We helped build an interactive a nine-foot tall Ferris wheel with user controlled light patterns and colors. It uses over 30,000 RGB LEDs and users change the animations and colors via a wireless control panel.