Restored home video: CommuniCore East 1992

Take a quick tour through CommuniCore East in this video from 1992. Included are glimpses of the population counter kinetic sculpture with the Great American Census Quiz game played on the computers below. The interactive Computer-a-Coaster exhibit let guests design their own rollercoaster using a touch screen, and the trivia-asking robot, SMRT-1, was a favorite of guests using early speech recognition technology.Read More...

SMRT-1 Restored Video

SMRT-1 was an interactive robot that was seen as part of the EPCOT Computer Central exhibit. Guests could pick up a telephone and play games using early voice recognition technology. SMRT-1 would ask trivia questions of guests and listen for their answers.Read More...

Innoventions at Epcot Walk Around – Mid 90s

We are back at Epcot today to look around Innoventions. This video showcases tons of the exhibits inside Innoventions, including some of the interactive elements, live shows, demonstrations and more. We hope you don’t get motion sickness, as this one is pretty jerky. The 8mm camcorder it was shot on does not stabilization and there was just so much to capture. So plan on lots of zooms, movement and walking around – but it does give...Read More...

Podcast Episode 54.5: Bringing the World Closer to You

Back in Episode 42 (Communicore West) we interviewed Lisa Bastoni, granddaughter of Walter Einsel, the designer of the Age of Information Exhibit at Futurecom in Communicore West. Through her grandfather's notes and a correct search of the song, we were able to locate the author and lyricist of the song, Tom Tierney! In this episode we speak with Tom about the creation of the song, how he developed the melody and lyrics and his interaction with…Read More...

Podcast Episode 42: Communicore West

A little while back, we dedicated some time to CommuniCore East on Episode 38. This month, we veer right (If you are going through the main entrance) and take you to CommuniCore West. Todd gets us started with some information on Earth Station and where it was originally planned for. The Fountain of Information is discussed, which included road signs, neon, and anything connected to communication in a fountain type of sculpture. Touchscreens are brought up…Read More...

Einsel Theater: The Age of Information – Complete Video, Song and Lyrics

The Display Closed in the early 1990s, one area of Communicore West can easily be crowned as the definitive definition of a prophecy that came true. Nestled along a huge wall in Futurecom, this 40-foot kinetic sculpture included fifty-five automaton figures and countless animated devices, props and displays; all timed to react and move in perfect synchrony with the song that shared its name with the display: The Age of Information. Walter Einsel, an American Sculptor...Read More...

Communicore East and West Home Video – 1980s

With the release of last weeks podcast episode (Ep 38 Communicore East) we figured it was as good a time as any to dig up some of Todd’s Communicore West footage from 1986. As we were about to do that we got an email from the Dworsky Family of Texas stating that they had Communicore East footage from 1989. We put the two together in the following video that will take you back when touch screens...Read More...

Podcast Episode 38: Communicore East

Todd & How take the lead this month, taking us back to EPCOT Center and more specifically, Communicore East! Todd starts off by questioning JT on what Communicore actually means. We go through the things that Communicore would actually do: have a conversation with a computer, contribute to polls with your opinion, see what a space shuttle is like and check travel destinations, just to name a few. We discuss the original plans, a Wedway Peoplemover…Read More...