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Publisher: Red Hill Studios /
Houghton Mifflin Interactive /
Ages: 10 and up
Gold - Young Adult Title - Entertainment &
Edutainment from New Media's 1996 Invision
84% from boot
Experience the Thrill of Hands-on
Have you ever wondered how everyday objects such as the
telephone, light bulb and movie camera came into being? InventorLabs
Technology invites you to enter the fascinating worlds of three great inventors
and recreate their amazing discoveries. Conduct electrifying experiments in
Thomas Edison's turn-of-the-century laboratory. Reinvent the telephone with
Alexander Graham Bell, and hear the clang of pistons and the hiss of steam as
you enter James Watt's 18th century workshop. Science springs to life in a
thrilling, hands-on exploration of the greatest inventors in history.
Explore their amazing laboratories! You'll be
transported to another world as you wander through each laboratory, opening
drawers, picking up tools and exploring real drawings, sketches and notebooks.
Meet the extraordinary men who helped shape the future. Probe the innermost
workings of their remarkable inventions. Then test your wits by conducting
dozens of experiments with hundreds of unique outcomes.
Master the art of scientific inquiry! Like the great
inventors, you'll learn from your failures as much as your accomplishments. An
Experiment Diary records your progress as you master the art of scientific
observation, experimentation and analysis. You'll build modern-day skills as
you solve the great engineering puzzles of yesteryear.
The "Wizard of Menlo Park" started out as an
enterprising newsboy in Port Huron, Michigan. Fired for negligence from a
telegrapher's job at age 16, Edison went on to acquire over 300 patents,
including the world's first toaster, phonograph, stock ticker, movie camera and
See the light as you reinvent the incandescent light
bulb. Test different filaments and vacuums, and discover the basic principles
of electrical circuits and resistance. Inspect the inner workings of the
tin foil phonograph, and turn it in all directions. Hear the world's first
phonographic recording and examine the world's first talking doll. Watch
actual turn-of-the-century movies on Edison's peephole kinetoscope. Explore his
hand-written patents along with dozens of notes and sketches from his original
Alexander Graham Bell
The inventor of the
telephone was a passionate educator and innovator whose discoveries
contributed to the modern airplane, telegraph, phonograph and metal detector.
Fascinated by the science of flight, Bell was an enthusiastic aviator and kite
builder. He pioneered a hydrofoil which held the world's record for the fastest
speedboat of his day.
Reinvent the telephone by experimenting with
different needles, liquids and mouthpieces, and master the principles of sound
transmission. Investigate sound mixing, pitch and frequency as you learn
about sound waves and their characteristics. View a life in pictures,
from Bell's early school days and marriage to a former deaf student, to
scientific dramatizations published by newspapers of his day.
Master craftsman, chemist and inventor, Watt labored
for over 10 years on the steam engine design that ultimately ushered in the
industrial revolution. After working nights and weekends to stave off
creditors, Watt realized his great innovation one fine Sunday afternoon, while
strolling on his native Glasgow Green.
Immerse yourself in the authentic sights and sounds
of an 18th century workshop as you explore Watt's steam engine from every angle
and perspective. Learn the principles of gears, heat and temperature
through fascinating experiments that you control. Explore the precision
instruments of a laboratory, from surveying tools and a magnetic compass to
rare mathematical instruments.
Investigations - Ready, Set,
Nine interactive exercises allow you to explore the
effects of lenses, experiment with different types of wings to make things fly,
create electrical circuits to determine the optimum path and mix sound waves to
see how they travel. The investigations let you explore the scientific
principles behind the inventions.
Navigate with ease throughout the program. With the
click of your mouse, you can explore the laboratories of the world's greatest
inventors of technological wonders.
Harrison Gregory, a retired engineer, portrays Thomas Alva
Edison in this production.
Windows - 90mhz Pentium, 2x CD-ROM drive, 16mb RAM,
SVGA graphics card, Microsoft compatible sound card .
Macintosh - System 7.5 to 9.2 (Only), 68040 or higher
or PowerPC, iMAC or G3 or higher, 16mb ram, 2x CD-ROM, 256-color display,
boot, October 1996
"The best educational software appeals to adults as much as
it does to children. Through judicious use of the latest technology,
InventorLabs takes you on a compelling, immersive trip into the worlds
of three famous inventors; Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and James
"The title opens with video sequences in which actors
portraying Edison, Bell, and Watt introduce themselves and discuss the
inspiration and research that went into their discoveries. The action then
shifts into a virtual-reality mode in which you can explore the labs in which
the men worked. Houghton Mifflin went to great lengths to achieve historical
accuracy in modelling these labs. Each room was rendered in 3D, mapped with
photo-realistic textures for realism, and filled with tools and other objects
the inventors would have had at their disposal.
"Thanks to QuickTime VR, you
can pick up and manipulate nearly all these objects. You can even use the
equipment to conduct your own experiments. In Edison's lab, for example, you
can 'invent' the first incandescent light bulb. In the process, you might
discover how little you really know about the science that went into this
"And that's the real value of this title. This isn't
mind-boggling new technolgy, it's just technology put to excellent use. Whether
you're a college grad or a junior-high-school student, your knowledge of these
men and their inventions was probably acquired by rote: Edison invented the
light bulb, Bell invented the telephone, Watt invented the steam engine.
InventorLabs offers an enjoyable means of gaining a deeper understanding
- through exploration, experimentation, and discovery - so these topics become
more than trivia-game answers."
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