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The Hard Rock Cafe in Universal CityWalk has a cool new high-tech way to check out their rock and roll memorabilia. The new interactive touch-screen Rock Wall not only lets you inspect some of the archives at the Hard Rock in Orlando, but you can view more than 1,300 pieces from the company’s 162 venues around the world.
Orlando’s Hard Rock Cafe is one of a select few marquee locations with the multi-touch technology. Hard Rock partnered with Obscura Digital to create the 18-foot wide by four-foot tall interactive wall.
A guest can access and expand a single image or video to be as large as the wall itself; or up to six guests can explore different collections in their own zone simultaneously. Artifacts on the screen can be swiped away or over to another person’s zone. Users can search by categories such as artist, year, genre and type.
Crafted from a single sheet of Stewart film glass, this interactive touch-screen was custom made for the Orlando Hard Rock. It utilizes Microsoft Surface technology and uses cameras to sense objects, touch and hand gestures. In addition to the artifacts, the wall can display videos and allow guests to vote on what video plays next in the cafe.
Don’t be surprised if a “Thriller” dance breaks out the next time you’re dining at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal CityWalk.
Dustin, an engineer at the Hard Rock, started dancing around whenever Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” would play in the restaurant, attracting a lot of attention as he emulated Michael’s moves. Some of the wait staff were interested in learning the dance, so Dustin started giving lessons. So if the song happens to play, the next time you’re dining at the restaurant, you’ll be in for a show.
Marketing and Promotions Manager Jeff Jones said there are no scheduled performances, the song just plays on random days and random times. But if you’d like to guarantee seeing the staff dance in person, they’re still practicing for an upcoming special performance. “The only guaranteed performance will be Oct. 2,” said Jones, “when we present Classic Albums Live featuring Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. The staff will join the Classic Albums Live band on the title track.”
One of Hard Rocks managers has posted a couple of videos showing the staff and Dustin doing the dance. The first shows the wait staff dancing without Dustin’s help and the other shows Dustin all decked out and dancing with the staff.