Nanometrics Helps Myth Busters at Rally to Restore Sanity
On October 30, 2010, Nanometrics was invited by Myth Busters to help warm up the crowd at Comedy Central’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”. Tasked with entertaining close to 200,000 people in the hours leading up to the main event, MythBusters developed several interactive crowd experiments, such as timing a stadium wave, practicing sounds effects and creating a “ground swell”.
The ground swell involved everyone jumping at the same time in order to create a “seismic wave”. In order to measure the wave, Nanometrics sent Ben Tatham and Mike Laporte to Washington, DC armed with a Trillium Compact Seismometer, a Titan strong motion accelerometer and two Trident Digitizers. The data was recorded on a Taurus Portable Seismograph and streamed to Apollo Server while the live waveform was shown to the crowd using Apollo Waveform.
Two synchronized jumps performed by the crowd created a roughly 1.5 magnitude (ML) earthquake, which, as Ben pointed out to the crowd, is several billion times smaller than the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. While not a scientifically significant event, the experiment did illustrate how quickly and easily Nanometrics products can be deployed with minimal site preparation and how quickly real-time data can be provided using proprietary software applications such as Apollo Server and Apollo Waveform.
Oct 31, 2010