History – The IntelliHost

I was cleaning out my file system and found an old product that we created in 1992 called the IntelliHost. This was the original restaurant seating management computer system that was originally installed in the San Francisco Hilton in San Francisco California. The brochure you see below was the original brochure that we published with the unit at that time. At that time personal computers were in existence but our company was in no condition to work with personal computers. The only technology that I was familiar with at the time was the technology of building an embedded computer, not using a personal computer for an application like this. So this brochure is the only evidence of this product left in our offices. We do have one of the original IntelliSystem still here, Something I’m saving someday for our museum. Take a look at this interesting Technology that we introduced back in 1992. Eventually, I was awarded a US Patent issued November 28, 1991.

 IntelliHost System Document

Intelli-Host Patent

Fly around example

The following is an example of a 3-D flight around. These cannons and the speaker or all created as 3-D models from standard pictures. The canons were created by taking about five pictures of each type and then we create a three-dimensional model which is put on the screen. We then have the capability of putting in a virtual camera, lighting, and other effects and creating a movie from those models. In the example below you will see two over cannons using what is called a virtual camera dolly. This concept allows us to fly 360° around the virtual 3-D model that was created. Using this technology, there are some amazing things we can do. Consider this and think about the possibilities of a 3-D fly around two or of your own product.!

History – Selling excess inventory

Back in the late 90s, major companies had a real issue with getting rid of excess inventory. They would manufacture way too much inventory at unbelievable levels and then, come out with newer models that deem the original inventory useless. We were not in the inventory reduction business at that time but a few opportunities arose that caused us to seriously consider it. Our first experience with selling excess inventory was with Hewlett-Packard and then with Sony. We started working with HP late in the 1990s and still work with them today. Though we are no longer working to provide inventory sales services, we still do supply software development services. Compudigital started working with Sony and 2001 and sold their excess inventory through 2012. Through that process we were able to sell many million dollars worth of inventory successfully while getting some great deals for people who needed their equipment.

Today, Compudigital still sells excess inventory through different websites and direct. We have developed tools that notify us what the current market pricing is for specific items that keep us up to date on a daily basis. Our 50-50 program has been a huge success and away for major manufacturers to get out from underneath their inventory quickly and easily and still get a return as the inventory is sold. Please contact us if you have an interest in any of our excess inventory management programs.

We have an amazing history–Fighter jet battery chargers!

Compudigital was also involved in providing research and development services to interspace battery Company of Los Angeles. One of the issues that they had was providing a reasonable charging system for their batteries that are used in fighter jets. We discovered back in those days the batteries had a really interesting and unique charging process. As with all batteries today, they stay the same temperature as they are charging but when they reach the full charge level, most batteries increase in temperature. We discovered this and created a battery charger that uses the temperature of the battery as an indicator of charge. It really worked well and tended not to over charge the batteries. When the battery is overcharged and overheats, it damages the battery to the point of not being able to be used. Our battery charging system resolve this issue by making sure that we monitored the post temperature of the battery at all times. When the battery temperature started to rise, we knew that the charge had reached the limit. At that point, we would automatically turn down the charge level to a trickle charge.

History – The Otis Talking Elevator

Compudigital developed the first talking elevator system and installed it in San Francisco in the late 1980s. The product called the DT8100 “Digitalker” was created by Compudigital and used by Otis to let people know that the elevator was “Going Up”, “Going down”, “Please Exit” and other messages. Later, Country Coach in Oregon used the DT8100 to make their motorhomes also talk. The system monitored tank levels, speed, and other functions to let the driver know that status of systems within the Coach.