This is a video board created for DuClaw Brewing Company to display what’s on tap at the Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest. Created to run on Xbox 360 or Windows 7 connected to a big ass Flat Panel television and a set of very loud speakers. The board also plays promotional videos on a set schedule and has a few more animations and effects not shown in this clip.
The board actually runs on 3 different screens all with their own content, beer selection, videos, etc. We wrote the original for Oktoberfest 2009 and it gets updated each year. It’s pretty much a giant video game written with XNA and C#.
You’re gonna want to crank the sound for this. It’s OK, I’ll wait. Done?
This is a demo of what happens on screen when you change the beer selection with the controller.
In October of 2009 we decided to spice up the local Oktoberfest with some technology.
Using an Xbox 360, a 52″ LCD TV, and some liberally applied XNA via C# we cooked up some pretty good results.
It all started with the problem that we needed to display which beers we had on tap at any given time. The old method was using magnetic signs but we also wanted to show some videos during the event. So we brainstormed a little and came up with the idea of writing a video game in C# that would run off the Xbox 360. The idea was that we could change the beers currently on tap (and displayed on our huge 52″ LCD) using the wireless controller. We wired the videos up to a countdown and the played along at specified times during the event.
The idea was a little crazy at first, but the results were phenomenal. The crowd reaction was hard to put into words and the other breweries presenting beer that day were less than enthusiastic about our stealing the show.
This is a video clip of what happened on screen when we used the wireless controller to change the beer. HINT: Crank up your speakers for this one to get the full effect!
Here is a really good blogpost about the event involving us:
This is a clip of the crowd reaction, the video isn’t the greatest quality but we managed to rock the house.