Children battling a life-threatening illness are given a magical multimedia experience at Give Kids The World Village with the participation of Panasonic video surveillance solutions. Panasonic high-definition pan-tilt-zoom cameras deliver a high-definition video element for the exciting experience, which is built around the positioning and unveiling of a commemorative "star" personalised by each child as a permanent reminder of his or her visit.
The "stars", about an inch and a half in diameter, adorn the ceiling of the Star Tower, a new venue at Give Kids The World Village, a non-profit resort located in Kissimmee, Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Children decorate and sign their commemorative stars, close their eyes, make a wish, and place each star into the Star Fairy's chest. The next day, they return to find that their personalised star has joined the thousands of stars of other children on the Star Tower ceiling. But where is their star amid all the stars displayed up to 32 feet above them on the ceiling? Finding the star becomes a colourful interactive video game adventure and multi-media experience in which an iPad directs the child to point in the direction of his or her star. When the iPad is positioned correctly, a graphic image icon confirms the star has been found. Touching the icon enables the child to see a live video close-up of his or her star displayed on the iPad, provided by one of nine Panasonic PTZ megapixel cameras located within the walls of the Star Tower.
The iPad application uses the Panasonic i-Pro Smart HD WV-SC385, a Super Dynamic network dome camera that provides feature-rich pan-tilt-zoom control, 720p high-definition (HD) images, and superior low-light performance. Most importantly, the camera has the ability to repeatedly "map" the locations of its PTZ views based on internal software and a coordinate system relative to the camera's "home" position, which is calibrated at installation. Panasonic worked with developers of the Star Tower to make the coordinates available as part of a database that directs the iPad video game to each star's location.
As each new star is attached to the ceiling in preparation for the unveiling, one of the nine cameras is directed manually to the position of the star, and the coordinates are recorded and saved.
The iPad application uses the Panasonic i-PRO Smart HD WV-SC385, a Super Dynamic network dome camera that provides feature-rich PTZ control, 720p (HD) images, and superior low-light performance. Over the last 25 years, GKTW has partnered with wish granting organisations across the world to help fulfil the wishes of more than 110,000 children. GKTW provides accommodations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
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