Synapse network operating system (SNAP) Network OS Provides Wireless Lighting Control for 'TRON: Legacy' Suits

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For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010

Synapse's SNAP Network OS Provides Wireless Lighting Control for 'TRON: Legacy' Suits

“Being able to wirelessly control and reprogram on the fly is a tremendous advantage.” –Alan McFarland, Nila Inc.

Huntsville, Alabama (December 20, 2010) – Synapse Wireless® announced today that SNAP, Synapse’s network operating system, was used in Walt Disney Pictures’ 3D high-tech adventure “TRON: Legacy,” which opened in theaters on December 17th, to wirelessly control the lighting effects on over 100 of the main actors’ suits.

“The SNAP modules were inside the disk hubs on the costumes of all the main characters—Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges—and the SNAP module allowed me to turn the costume lighting on and off,” explains Alan McFarland, CTO of lighting technology company Nila Inc., “...as well as providing telemetry confirming suit on/off status, brightness, battery voltage, operational temperature, resettable battery runtime, and non-volatile total suit runtime.”

In an interview with E! Online, Olivia Wilde (starring as Quorra), said, “We could be turned on with a remote control from across the set. We would be in the middle of this extraordinary giant set and they’d say, ‘Turn on the suits!’ And suddenly you'd hear, ‘Bling!’ And everyone would start glowing.”

“SNAP has been used in many creative projects, especially those connecting machine networks to the Internet, but we had never expected to be in the movies,” said Wade Patterson, CEO of Synapse Wireless. “The flexibility, speed of development, and reliability of SNAP is attracting imaginative engineers to use our wireless technology in ways we had not anticipated.”

Synapse’s SNAP mesh network operating system is a portable, multi-vendor solution for embedding intelligent, wireless communication in devices and enables Internet connectivity. SNAP supports a wide range of network standards, radio frequencies and bandwidths, and provides an embedded Python interpreter to run applications while supporting distributed computing via the Internet.

“The SNAP modules worked terrifically well for me and I plan to use them on a lot more projects,” Alan continued. “In motion picture and special effects applications, parts’ cost is seldom the most important criteria, far behind dependability and flexibility: the advantage of being able to wirelessly control and reprogram on the fly is a tremendous advantage.”

Synapse’s wireless technology can be deployed in almost any application that requires remote monitoring and control of machines, sensors or processes. Synapse products are available on Future Electronics’ website; visit: http://www.futureelectronics.com.

Synapse SNAP Network Operating System
Synapse’s SNAP network operating system is an Internet-enabled, instant-on, multi-hop, mesh network designed to cost-effectively run efficiently over a wide range of popular microprocessors and microcontrollers. SNAP has a very small memory footprint thereby leaving more space for user applications. Since these are peer-to-peer mesh networks, there is no single point of failure: any node can talk directly to any other node that is in range, and any node can talk indirectly to any other node via intermediate nodes – SNAP networks are self-healing. Users can interactively develop applications using a high-level English-like language called Python. No embedded programming experience is required. Synapse currently has over 1600 registered SNAP users.

About Synapse Wireless, Inc.
Synapse Wireless, Inc., located in Huntsville, Alabama, provides intelligent, wireless control and monitoring technology based on the Internet-enabled SNAP® network operating system. Synapse’s Portal® and SNAP® Connect products provide a complete software development environment for easy application development and fast time to revenue. Synapse RF Engine® modules include an increasing number of MCU choices for both interoperability and second sourcing. Synapse offers a complete line of LED lighting products in support of Future Lighting Solutions’ Intelligent Lighting Platform (ILP) initiative. Synapse Design Services provides comprehensive design and implementation support for OEMs and partners. For more information, visit: www.synapse-wireless.com

About the Movie
Walt Disney Pictures’ “TRON: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer.  When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years.  With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

“TRON: Legacy” is directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Sean Bailey, Jeffrey Silver and Steven Lisberger. The story is by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal, and the screenplay is by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird. Presented in Disney Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D and scored by Grammy Award®–winning electronic music duo Daft Punk, “TRON: Legacy” hits theaters on December 17, 2010.

For more Information
Bryan Floyd
Vice President, Synapse Wireless
bryan.floyd@synapse-wireless.com
1 256-852-7888 x106

Synapse and the Synapse logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Synapse Wireless, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. All Synapse products are patent pending. ©Synapse Wireless Inc. 2010.

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