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Setup Instructions: FrameGlide Software,
USB dome Spin Browser dial (FG|SB),
and 2.5" USB port-powered drive

Setup is quick and easy and should take no more than 10 minutes.

  1. The FG|SB demonstrates itself live and interactively, with content ranging from a dove in flight to a point-of-view roller coaster ride. It also contains a 3 minute introductory
    video (with audio) showing TechnoFrolics' other creations such as Dancing Banners™ choreographed fabric. (Regarding this last, be sure the volume/speakers are enabled on your computer.)
  2. Open the shipping case. [If your case employs a lock (only certain designs do), we will email you the combination.]
  3. Take the USB drive, and special USB "Y" cable, out of their soft carrying case and place them and the Spin Browser dial on a nice flat surface next to an appropriate, available computer.
  4. Software/Computer Notes:
    1. The FrameGlide application requires Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Win 7. It will not run on the Mac OS or within Windows 95/98/ME.
    2. If QuickTime is not installed on your computer, please install it from Apple's website.
    3. If, when running a demo sample as described below, you see a cryptic windows error message*, please install the "Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86)" from Microsoft's website.
    4. We have found, with Windows 2000 only, that after the new USB drive is detected, a reboot is required to get the connection functioning in USB 2.0 High Speed mode - otherwise the system runs in VERY slow and jerky USB 1.1 mode!
  5. Plug the blue dome Spin Browser user interface into an available USB port on your computer.

    To prevent static discharges to the dial (created by carpets and dry weather for example) from causing USB port disconnection and/or permanent hardware damage, we recommend grounding the domed interface using the provided green-ground-wire-only cable, with round connector on one end and standard wall plug on the other. Simply plug one end into a standard wall outlet, and the other into the small round mating receptacle on the rear of the domed user interface. (Plug designs will make obvious which end is which.)
    [In the case of international demo units, an alligator clip replaces a USA-style 3 prong plug. Simply secure the alligator clip to a good ground such as the metal case of a standard, grounded, desktop/tower computer.)]

    For quick demonstrations, an ungrounded dial will suffice, but for anything else we strongly recommend the grounded setup. Otherwise, one significant user-generated spark could cause the dial interface to cease functioning until the computer is rebooted. (Sometimes unplugging the user interface, counting to 5, and replugging in will reset things, but other times not... Also, if a sufficiently large static discharge is applied to an ungrounded dome/dial, it can permanently damage the computer's USB port.)

  6. Connect the USB-powered hard drive.

    [Note: If the drive was shipped to you directly from a previous evaluator rather than straight from TechnoFrolics (where we are very careful), simply as a precaution we recommend insuring your virus protection is up to date and enabled (which we recommend for your computer anyway!) before connecting the drive.]

    The drive needs, in all cases, both its main "Power & Data" cable plugged into a powered USB 2.0 port.** Note that if the USB port is not functioning in USB 2.0 High Speed mode (480Mb/s), you will notice significant abnormal jerkiness in the FG|SB's operation. When properly functioning on a reasonably up-to-date computer (purchased say in 2006 or later), both the HD and Standard Def samples should be completely smooth in operation, with no perceptible delay between dial motion and movement through video, and no frame jerkiness.

  7. Locate the drive letter of the newly inserted USB drive. Once you do so, you should see something similar to the below, where the exact contents may differ slightly:

    Folder Structure

    Any of the samplers may be started by double-clicking the appropriate ".bat" batch file listed above. To exit a sample application, type ESC.

    Sampler descriptions: (Note that only sample 1 includes any audio.)
    • 01-KD+SB--SD Demo.bat: Main standard def demo, including physics, nature, culture, high speed, timelapse, 30fps. Also includes 3 minute segment, with audio, showing TechnoFrolics' other creations such as choreographed dancing science-artworks.
    • 02-KD+SB--HD Demo.bat: Similar diverse content to above, but in HD, from various client projects.
    • 03-KD+SB--Singapore HD.bat: Recently created HD project for Singapore Science Centre. Diverse, beautiful imagery.
    • 04-KD+SB--Nano Zoom.bat: Nanoscale zoom into dragonfly wing, using scanning electron microscope. Created for Cornell University and the Ithaca Sciencenter.
    • 05-KD+SB--River POV Tour.bat: Small segment from a 5 hour HD helicopter point of view tour, flying along the Connecticut River all the way from Canada to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford CT USA.
    • 06-KD+SB--NASCAR.bat: NASCAR auto races, crashes, etc. Both POV and fixed-camera shots. (Cool going backwards to reassemble cars.)
    • 07-KD+SB--Museum Medical.bat: A compilation of diverse medical imagery. Installed at Science World BC, Canada. (The high speed video of a sneeze is pretty wild!)
    • 08-KD+SB--Art and Architecture.bat: Art and architecture content, created mostly from stills as source. Also includes hand-drawn stop-frame animation from Karen Aqua.
    • 09-KD+SB--Bose ESG.bat: A commercial production for Bose ElectroForce Systems Group. Used for presentations, and as an attraction, at their corporate trade shows and media events.
    • 10-KD+SB--Agriculture.bat: Corn - from seedling to jelly bean, created by the Iona Group, Morton IL USA. Also includes snips of nature content provided by TechnoFrolics.
  8. Grab the dial and take a spin - and once the system is up and running, please invite everyone over to explore and enjoy!
    Should the unit be left unattended for people to play with, we normally recommend returning to the main 01-KD+SB--SD Demo.bat sampler. This is because several other sequences are relatively more content-specialized, and no others include TechnoFrolics' choreographed science-artworks in music-accompanied performance.
  9. If you have questions when setting up, packing up, or in between, do not hesitate to contact us. We also encourage you to check out our FG|SB PDF Features and Advantages document, which includes installation photos, detailed features list, application ideas, and quotes from diverse clients attesting to our system's ruggedness, educational value, and fun!
  10. Please feel free to take a postcard, business card, and/or DVD before the unit heads off to its next destination.

* Possible cryptic Windows error messages if the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package is not installed:

** The USB drive light must be red continuously when no disk access is occurring. Flashing or static blue (and potentially drive beeping), during times of no disk access, implies inadequate power to the drive - as does no drive letter, drive letter but no files, intermittent Windows "Delayed Write" error messages, etc.
Note that electric current requirement of the drive increases during disk access, so if your USB port is right on the edge of providing enough current, the drive may work at initial plug-in, but not once the FG|SB application is running. Diagnosing this situation is confounded by the fact that, under normal operation and with adequate power, the red light turns blue during disk access - thus masking what might in fact be a low-current warning... So always plug in both legs of the "Y"!