Mad Systems is a unique Technology Company that applies creativity and creative solutions to your projects including Audio Visual Systems and Interactive Exhibits.
We are a majority women-owned company founded in 1998, providing audiovisual systems and customized interactive experiences for museums, visitor centers, theme parks, universities and corporate headquarters around the world.
Mad Systems is an award-winning audiovisual consultant, designer and provider with a history spanning over 20 years. But our capabilities don’t stop there. We use our expertise in AV systems to create engaging interactive experiences. With in-house custom design and programming capabilities, Mad Systems can design and install audiovisual systems that exceed your expertise without exceeding your budget. We're happy using traditional approaches and equipment as well as providing a system based on our vision of a solution that gives you the benefit of the full convergence of AV and IT, something that for us started almost 20 years ago.
Designed to impress. Built to last.
- Audiovisual System Design & Integration
- Interactive Exhibits
- Theaters and Auditoriums
(Object Theaters, Motion Base Theaters, Dome Theaters, Large Screen Theaters)
- Digital Signage
- Video Wall Systems
- Projection Systems
- Projection Mapping
- Custom Programming
- Complex Control Systems
- Audio and Video Conferencing Solutions
- Meeting Room & Training Center Technology
- Collaboration Solutions
The QuickSilver® AV++™ Advanced AV solution is clearly the very best way forward for new AV systems - and realistically for retrofits too. Why not build your next AV system out of non-proprietary components when there is an option to do so instead of sticking to the previous generation approach of getting custom and semi-custom equipment that quite simply won't be supported anymore in 10 years time, or less in some cases. There simply is no longer a need to use the 'traditional' approach. That time is past.
Unlike most AV providers, we converted AV and IT years ago - even our Griffith Observatory system, installed in 2006, is a full IT based AV system. In the mean time we've learned more, and at this point it is clear that any other approach often resembles a blast from the past.
We use micro-miniature Intel computers and the like to make sure that if anything ever fails, there'll be spare equipment available, rapidly, for as long as Intel continues to make computers. That's a lot better than having a supplier tell you that their small-batch production unit will start building new units soon and that you'll get your spare in the next month... or so.
With affordable solutions based on non-proprietary technology, QuickSilver can do things that traditional AV systems just can't - and for a fraction of the price.
We have developed a range of technologies as part of QuickSilver® to create exhibits that are safe for visitors. These comprise:
- Touchless Touchscreens
- Touchless Buttons
- Touchless Handles/Levers
- Touchless Frame Viewer
- QR code based BYOD options
Video to surround you, and 3D audio to support it - exactly what VR promised before COVID-19 rendered it an unacceptable solution for public spaces.
Our immersive video and audio technology yields a solution without headsets that allows families and groups to be fully immersed into an environments safely - with better throughput and a lot less hassle.
Enter here for the very latest technology. Mad Systems combination of QuickSilver® and recognition technologies, or lower cost options including bar codes, RFID or QR codes makes for an unbeatable solutions that goes well beyond what you'll find anywhere else.
With personalized media delivery we can deliver kid's versions of the stories to 5 year olds, we can delivery curriculum relevant versions to 7 or 10 year olds, and we can even accommodate subject experts so that we avoid the 'one size fits all' approach that we've all had to live with - wall mounted graphics doesn't leave you much of an option.
Other advantages that this would also give you is a possibility to deliver content in different languages, and provide a science and a history based version.
Of course you can deliver dynamic content that matches the expectations (and requirements) of a new generation of visitors, and you'll be able to provide much better ADA support than ever before.
Mad Systems specializes in interactive exhibits to create an experience for visitors that won’t be forgotten.
Create. Engage. Excite.
- Computer Based Interactives
- Electro-Mechanical Interactives
- Fully Customized Interactives
- Multitouch Interactives
- Media-based Interactives
- Interactive Timelines
- Green Screen Systems
- Motion Capture Systems
Mad Systems is an award-winning technology company providing customized experiences. We design, engineer and develop reliable turnkey systems and specialize in innovative solutions from high tech state-of-the-art exhibits to electro-mechanical hands on experiences. Our extraordinary toolkit goes well beyond the needs of basic AV and our fully equipped mechanical workshop allows us to produce exhibits from simple support structures to complex devices such as orreries, earthquake simulators and moving mechanical special effects.
- Mechanical Effects
- Motion Simulation
- Water Screens
- Pure Water Fog
- Water Cannon
- Historical Replicas
- Gear Walls
Support for people who need a little help is so important - it should not be a limitation, a compromise, when it comes to building a new set of exhibits, it should be something that comes naturally, so that it doesn't limit the design, but at the same time does everything right to optimize the ADA support we provide.
We know ADA requirements can be difficult and often limiting for designers. We've heard designers say that they feel the limitations of font sizes, color combinations that are not acceptable, and a host of other aspects of providing solid ADA support.
We wanted to get to the point where we can do so much better than the minimal requirements of ADA, so that we could be proud of giving designers their freedom, while providing a level of support that was well beyond those set as an acceptable minimum.
With QuickSilver® there really isn't a need for that anymore. Since we can tailor media delivery to your different audiences, it's easy to provide a high contrast version that is specifically designed for optimal readability for someone who has reduced vision.
With our personalized media delivery option we can drop the buttons on an interactive screen to make sure they're easily accessible to someone in a wheelchair - naturally and easily. No fuss.
Mad Systems have gone well beyond taking these limitations away. We've also come up with Caterpillar, an innovative method for guiding visually impaired visitors through a space. We've created Dormouse that will help hearing impaired people by providing their own audio through inductive loops or bone conduction methods.
Our technology is more advanced than anything out there - and when it comes to a better deal for people who need a little extra help, we've tried to do our best there too - and we're proud of the results.
This is what we do for:
Affordable Systems, Creativity and Project Management. Just that.
Affordable technology that gives you more flexibility than anything out there, with minimal disruption to your building, and often doesn't even need a control room, HVAC for that room, power phasing issues, or indeed expensive conduit and cabling. Our QuickSilver® based AV solutions will give you a lot more options, for a lot less.
When it comes to project management, with traditional systems (which we also supply and support) it's hard to keep the technology aligned with the other contractors building your building, or implementing the infra-structure and tech. The GC presumably hasn't done a project like this before - it is unusual if they have. The E/C is more used to wiring commercial buildings, not dealing with specialist AV requirements; not only that, but those fluorescent tubes are OK in a standard grid configuration on the ceiling, right? Any reason there's an issue with those windows in the theater? The HVAC and mechanical folks are not familiar with the cooling requirements of some of your exhibits, and they're certainly not aware that that tornado machine you have needs to be treated very carefully when it comes to airflow parameters.
Don't panic - we can help - we've been doing this for years. Not only is trying to do this without professional project management expensive in the short term, it will also result in delays and long term trouble that really is not necessary. Making sure that there is enough power, and that the power phasing is done correctly, that cable paths are right, that you don't end up having to use circuit breakers to turn your power on and off (just think of the fire hazard when they stop protecting your building - read our blog post on the subject). Getting your system right is a worthwhile effort, certainly in the long run - and the only way to ensure that the integration work happens properly is to have someone there who has already come this way - ideally a good few times.
Call us! We want to help you succeed
Of course we do the usual Audio, Video and related designs - but our team can go much further. We specialize in interactive designs, and sensor technologies. Gesture based designs, RFID, puppeteering using hand gestures, video recognition. Providing system that recognize individual visitors in a space; capturing video all around your venue for specific visitors, families or groups. Generating DVDs for sale in the store, or pushing captured imagery and visitor selected information to a web site - nothing is too much for our engineering department, and a lot of it has already been done with examples to show. Pre-visit and post-visit visitor management and solutions - we’re your team.
Our engineers and designers will provide the optimal solution for your design, and provide choices. We will either design to a given budget, or track potential costs as the design morphs towards the final presentation and even all the way through implementation, so that there is never that embarrassing moment where the technology costs are three times what the client is expecting. With experience that encompasses the entire spectrum of creative technology and using technology to enhance creativity, we can bring more to the party than just the hardware, or just the programming, or just the prep for the media company. Mad will help your vision become true.
We’ll also deal with those so often forgotten details - like switching the system on and off automatically while making sure that t’s easy to deal with the special events. We’ll control the lights for different conditions, and if need be we will make sure that the staff can use their smartphone to bump the audio volume in the gallery during the busy days of the year.
Mad Systems is truly agnostic when it comes to technology. We do not have tie-ins with suppliers or manufacturers. We are free to select the best options for your project. We specialize in non-proprietary systems that are designed to be as reliable, as easy as possible to use, and as easy as possible to maintain so that ongoing costs can be contained. Most of our systems have remote access so that we can continue to support our systems remotely on the odd occasion it might be required - usually at no cost. Call us! We'd love to discuss your next project and be part of your vision
(at least) 7 reasons to work with Creative Mad Systems
Mad is not your grandma's technology company. We develop Creative Technology Systems. Yes, we do Audio-Visual systems, but that's not even the start of it. We also develop creative interactive displays and exhibits using a mix of AV, Electronics and Mechanical technology. We have AV and electronic engineers. We have software engineers. We have an in-house mechanical skill-set that is second to none - but what really makes it is that we have a Creative Team that is second to none, and they're here to turn your idea into reality.
Audio Visual systems
Yes, we design, bid, build, install, commission and program Audio Visual systems ranging from simple houses of worship installations to huge museums, corporate visitor centers and events.
Simply the most advanced and most affordable solutions in the industry. Get a better return on your investment using our AV++™ technologies.
Point & Click
If you tell us what you need, we can take it from there and deliver a complete integrated solution – and not just come to site with hardware to let others worry about integrating software or mechanical equipment.
Built By Experts
Our senior staff members are degree qualified engineers with up to 30 years experience in this field. We know the field, and we like doing what we do!
To the extent that it is possible to future proof these systems, we do. Our mechanical devices are designed with longevity in mind. Our AV systems are usually based on non-proprietary PC technology so that we know that they can be supported far into the future. We do our best to create supportable systems – and we rarely have to look at our systems once they’re in. They just run, and run, and run. When it comes to our QuickSilver® technology - nothing else can touch it. With capabilities and a level of flexibility that you'll simply not find anywhere else, and a cost point that is better than anything else, you'll not find anything that gives you a better return on your investment.
Mad has spent time and effort to develop proper ADA support - not just lip service that doesn't make the designers happy, but instead solid solutions to create a proper like experience.
Simply The Best
Don’t just take our word for it. Go through our list of projects – some of them have been running for 15 years and are still going strong. We help you by providing solid training, down to the point where we show you what your staff needs to do to keep these systems running, day in, day out.
A quick look at some of our 'standard' AudioVisual systems:
A sampler showing some of our interactive work: