TechnoFrolics Leverages Accusoft’s Compression & Decompression Technology to Transform Video into an Interactive Exploration

A core TechnoFrolics’ exhibit technology, the stainless steel Spin Browser dial combined with FrameGlide software application (FG|SB), enables users to move ultra-fluidly through time and space via interactive traversal of video content.  With the FG|SB system, video frames may be discontiguous, potentially separated by tens of thousands of frames in the middle, run backwards or forwards, etc. Additionally, amounts of video data to be explored are often enormous – up to millions of frames and many hundreds of gigabytes in size.

About the Client

TechnoFrolics was founded in 1988 by David Durlach and is based in Somerville, Massachusetts. TechnoFrolics’ interactive exhibits and artworks combine technology, art, the natural sciences, and play, providing users with memorable experiences of both natural and engineered phenomena. Their installations are in science and children’s museums, aquariums, zoos, and nature centers across the globe, as well as having been used at the 2010 Olympic winter games in Vancouver, and by doctors at medical conferences and when performing patient procedures.

We started using Accusoft's tools decades ago when even simply playing a 640x480 video without ‘stutter,’ on a typical PC, was a real challenge.
David Durlach, Founder and Director, TechnoFrolics
Technofrolics was looking for a way to compress and decompress video frames quickly, without the loss of image quality. Accusoft's jpeg decompression and compression algorithms enabled this to happen, while allowing the client's users to enjoy crystal-clear video.
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