Smartphones & Lighting Consoles
Before I started this whole programming lark, I used to work in theatres designing, rigging, and programming lighting. Just as we’ve seen smartphones bring rapid developments to the mobile space, the same technology (touch interfaces and embedded technology) has brought a lot of change to lighting.
For example, here’s a couple of desks I used to program on a lot - an ETC Express and a Strand 300.
They have a couple of things in common: lots (and lots) of buttons and faders, and a user interface that is a little…functional (think ASCII and DOS).
But here’s the latest and greatest in lighting control - the ETC Eos Ti:
…what’s changed? Well, a lot fewer faders for one thing. And there’s the two giant touch-screens up top (think two iPads glued into a lighting console). Oh, and the secondary touch-screen used as a color palette amongst other things on the right hand side. The rise of tablets and touch interfaces has brought benefits far beyond the world of mobile.