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CyberTouch Case Study: Branson Landing

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SOURCE: CyberTouch � POSTED: 09/27/07

CyberTouch was approached by Raun Hamilton of Electronic Video Systems of Springfield, Mo., with a challenge: create a touchscreen monitor compatible with the Pioneer DVD-V8000 for the Branson Landing Project in Branson, Mo. Since CyberTouch did not have such a product, a new interface board was specially designed. CyberTouch engineers designed and developed custom hardware utilizing the serial port of Pioneer’s DVD-V8000 as the communication channel. After developing the hardware and firmware, CyberTouch’s software development created a calibration DVD. This DVD enables users to calibrate the touchscreen monitor, regardless of its diagonal size, to the DVD V-8000 player via simply touching icons. Essentially, installation only requires connection of all the hardware, insertion of the calibration DVD then following the video prompts, touching four corners of the display and starting the system.

Electronic Video Systems utilized six of CyberTouch’s Eclipse 19” widescreen LCD touch monitors, part number E1900P. A custom black ABS 0.375" thick bezel was used in lieu of the typical steel. Incorporating a reliable and durable 8-wire resistive touchscreen, the Eclipse 19AV-P touch surface is protected by a 0.010” chemical and abrasion resistant polycarbonate overlay. A 0.0625" urethane gasket was placed between the touchscreen and the bezel for environmental sealing.

The space that is on the southern side of the Landing near Bass Pro allows tourists to purchase tickets for all of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) properties in the Branson area including: Dixie Stampede, White Water, Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle, Celebration City and Tide the Ducks. The HFE store features six separate booths where visitors can watch commercials displaying features of each HFE property. Visitors can choose which property they are interested in and navigate through the menu with touch; the video chosen is then displayed on a 48” monitor that is placed in front of the kiosk. Sound cones placed strategically allow the audio portion of the DVD to play at each station simultaneously. The one stop shop lets visitors purchase tickets onsite through the CyberTouch Eclipse AV-P touchscreen monitors.