The "Video Boat" is a display in the Netherlands, where visitors can look through a tube and use a handheld device to view 3-D models of themselves on water. This is an innovative idea that utilizes the latest technology to educate and entertain. Bokeh, a form of traditional Japanese paper cutouts, are used as video wall papers. It takes a lot of skill to create a video poker mural, and the artist who created this popular exhibit at the "Video Boat Museum Amsterdam" has done it masterfully.
When you take a look at this impressive exhibit, there are actually two tubes sticking out of the bottom of the tank. Each tube is about the size of a soda can and mounted on a sturdy board. To make your view more interesting, the two tubes are connected with stringers. As you watch, the model boat moves back and forth in the water while the viewer uses the attached string to view the boat's movements. The effect is surprisingly real, even though the model boat itself is not very heavy.
Visitors can also touch and feel the model as it glides back and forth in the water. If it has a digital camera mounted on the top, it's possible for the operator to put together a short video, or feature film, using the captured images. These short films are then exhibited in a special holding area on the premises. After viewing them, people can vote for their favorite video and the winning video will then be featured on the museum's website. People can download the images and view them any time, along with the accompanying sounds and water sounds.
Video bokeh museum works best outdoors, so the water must be clear and warm. When there is a bit of rain, however, this decor is still intact and does not fade. Some models of the Video Boat are made of clear acrylic. These are more expensive than those made of fiberglass or plastic.
Visitors can bring their own video cameras so that they too can experience the floating effects. However, anyone can take a video and upload it to the website. In addition, the video bokeh museum also features an on-line video gallery where visitors can view and choose from different types of videos. People can search by type of video or by date.
There are a lot of fun video poker effects floating around on the museum's website. There is also a video of a stingray's sting and another video of the Florida Everglades. A video of humpback whales also makes interesting viewing and you can even watch a video of a bottlenose dolphin playing with a humpback. If you love nature, you will really enjoy the video poker option at the museum.