1/15/97 12:00 AM
Subject: MAX Digest - 13 Jan 1997 to 14 Jan
1997To: Recipients of MAX digests 

There are 4 messages totalling 225 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Another DMX512 interface, and some coming controllers
  2. seeds
  4. Museums and the Web - Conference Program


Date:    Tue, 14 Jan 1997 00:32:20 -0800
From:    Issac Roth 
Subject: Another DMX512 interface, and some coming controllers

Since there was some discussion a while ago about DMX, I thought I'd post
URL of a company that makes the cheapest mac-to-DMX box I've yet seen.

I've recently learned that you should be able to spit DMX512 directly out a
powermac serial port with very little external hardware, but I've yet to
implement that (couple of things I don't yet know how to do).

Also, here is some info I recently got from a friend at BioControl Systems
( about their upcoming "cheap" bio controllers,
which could be good candidates for use with Max:

On Thu, 2 Jan 1997, Anthony Lloyd wrote:

> The following is an update on the new consumer products that we are
> BioControl's objective is to develop inexpensive but reliable consumer
> products for several markets.  Our first penetration is aimed at the
> disability and repetitive strain injury (RSI) markets. Our second
> penetration is the 2D and 3D video game market with particular emphasis
> towards the Internet (WWW).
> The first product we will develop is a single mouse click capability,
> generated by muscular activity,   to help people with repetitive strain
> injury (RSI).  This product can be used simultaneously with the computer
> mouse or separately.  We estimate the product retail cost to be $150.
> Our second product development is  a "hand free controller" (HFC).  This
> product enables an individual to control the computer mouse cursor
> using neural signals generated by nervous system activity from any muscle
> the body.  A follow-on HFC product will feature mouse cursor control by
> movement of the eyes.  The neural activity, for both products,  is
> from a small band on the face or body.  We estimate the product retail
> to be around $500. Both products will be wireless.
> Anthony
> __________________________
> Anthony Lloyd
> VP of Sales and Marketing
> BioControl Systems, Inc.
> 2555 Park Blvd.
> Palo Alto, Ca 94306
> Phone:  (415) 329-8494
> Fax:      (415) 329-8498
> WP:
> EM:
> __________________________




Date:    Tue, 14 Jan 1997 10:28:15 -0500
From:    "M. Abidh Waugh" 
Subject: seeds

I was wondering about the seed message that the updated random and urn
objects now accept.  The addendum says that seed "causes a specific
(reproducable) sequence of pseudo-random numbers to occur".  My questions
are:  what is the process that the seed message affects, and  what is the
largest seed value that max  will accept?
If Mr. Zicarelli or anyone else who may know about this could kindly
respond, I would be grateful.
M. Abidh Waugh


Date:    Tue, 14 Jan 1997 11:27:34 -0500
From:    "David A. Wallace" 

Please excuse cross-postings



        The Fourth International Conference on Hypermedia and Interactivity
Museums (ICHIM97) will be held at the Louvre in Paris, September 1-5, 1997.
As with previous ICHIM conferences, the focus of the meeting will be on the
ways in which hypermedia and interactive experiences can enhance museum
visits and museum publications as well as serve as the foundation for
enhanced curatorship and scientific research. Proposals to submit papers
will be accepted through January 30, 1997. Papers are due in final form no
later than May 15, 1997, in either French or English. Papers will be
published in their original language, with abstracts in both French and
English, and will be published in an edited trade paperback edition, given
as part of conference registration but available after the conference for
sale to the public.

Proposals may be for:

*  individual papers (submit an abstract and speaker biography)

*  1.5 hour session (submit a session description PLUS individual paper
abstracts and biographies of a maximum 3 speakers, two speakers with a
commentator preferred). Speakers must have agreed to participate and write

* 3.0 hour session (submit a session description PLUS individual paper
abstracts and biographies of a maximum 5 speakers). Speakers must have
agreed to participate and write papers.

* a demonstration of a museum system by museum personnel  (submit a
description of the application). Commercial demonstrators should apply for
the commercial exhibit. In general demonstrators will be expected to bring
their applications on a laptop computer; large monitors and/or projection
equipment will be available.

Full details required for all proposed organizers, commentators, speakers
and demonstrators include:

All conference participants must register for the conference.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Museum Content: Digital capture and representation, multimedia and object
database management, licensing

Hypermedia Design: Interfaces, searching, navigation, linking methods,
metaphors & object typologies

Interactive Publications: Product development, delivery formats, marketing
and distribution, online delivery systems

Installations: Ergonomics, audiences, human-computer interaction

Museum Applications: Conservation, education, multimedia documentation,
rights management, membership and development, sales and marketing

Evaluation: Formative evaluation, product pre-testing, summative evaluation,
impact assessment, sales

Collaboration:  Museum/Industry partnerships, Museum/University & School
partnerships, Standards

Legal and Societal Impacts: Copyright, visual literacy & mediacy, the
concept of museums, economic models, training

A web site with conference details will be available in January 1997 at and at

Respond to David Bearman, Conference Organizer,
David A. Wallace
Archives & Museum Informatics
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2311  USA
voice: +1-412-683-9775
fax:   +1-412-683-7366


Date:    Tue, 14 Jan 1997 12:15:54 -0500
From:    "David A. Wallace" 
Subject: Museums and the Web - Conference Program


Museums and the Web: An International Conference
March 16-19, 1997 =96 Los Angeles, California

Archives & Museum Informatics is pleased to announce that the full program
for the Museums and the Web conference is available at:

The program describes in detail:=20

=B7 Workshops: 14 half-day and 2 full-day.
=B7 Sessions: Over 50 papers in 17 sessions (including a Technical Briefings
session) by speakers from 13 countries.
=B7 Informal Breakfasts: Continental breakfasts will be served Tuesday and
Wednesday mornings for unstructured discussions.
The conference web site also includes:

=B7 Conference and workshop registration forms.
=B7 Hotel and travel information.
=B7 Sponsorship opportunities.
=B7 Exhibition opportunities for the Commercial Exhibition.

David A. Wallace
Archives & Museum Informatics
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 203
Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2311  USA
voice: +1-412-683-9775
fax:   +1-412-683-7366


End of MAX Digest - 13 Jan 1997 to 14 Jan 1997