High-Tech Sunglasses Entertain Vandal Fans
It’s the start of a classic marching band performance during halftime of a University of Idaho football game: The whistle blows, drums sound, the color guard twirls its flags and horns bellow.
Members of the Vandal Marching Band begin moving into formation. They form the iconic letter ‘I,’ set their sunglasses down on the field, and the props begin flashing in a dizzying display of lights. When the band members go on to form the Vandals script, the ‘I’ is still illuminated in the middle of the turf.
The crowd erupts in cheers at the unanticipated light show, and then sings along as the U of I fight song resonates throughout the Kibbie Dome.
This innovative performance is the product of a partnership between the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and U of I’s marching band. The effort began in 2012 when Bob Rinker, associate professor of computer science, and Athletic Band Director Spencer Martin met at the behest of student Josh Armstrong. Read the full story.