Intelligent Stage (iStage)

The Intelligent Stage (iStage) is a research lab and performance space dedicated to motion analysis and interactive, multimodal feedback development.

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iStage (Intelligent Stage)

The School of AME’s Motion Analysis Lab / Intelligent Stage is a research lab and performance space + theater-grade hardware + custom software dedicated to responsive immersive environments and studies of whole experience.  This blackbox space has multiple infra-red and visible light tracking cameras; microphone array; standard, short throw and floor-scale projectors; 8.2 Meyer speaker system, hardware matrix for video and sound (Dante).  We optionally use integrated Optitrack motion-capture system and custom wearable sensors. The blackbox is equipped with a 32’x 48’ AeroDeck Harlequin sprung floor.  The grid, 14’ above the floor, allows for easy access to the equipment for quick changes for a collaborative environment.

The computing platform consists of 4 Macintosh workstations and a suite of Mac laptops and minis for standalone installations, plus the SC software framework (based on Max/MSP/Jitter/GL+Javascript and OSC) that allows researchers to build a wide variety of experiments that can map to a variable configuration of hardware.


Matthews Center 2nd Floor Room 222 & 224

950 S. Cady Mall

Tempe, AZ 85281


Hours: By reservation only.
Sun card access only.


Connor Rawls, Research Specialist

Experience the Space

Technical Specification: 


  • Overall-32’x 70’ Grid clearance 14’
  • Sprung Floor-32’x 48’

Dance Floor:

  • 32’x 48’  AeroDeck Harlequin Sprung Floor

 Electrical System: 

  • 120V system with standard 20amp outlets in all surrounding walls and the ceiling.


  • 24 Channel- ETC 2.4K Dimmers
  • DMX channel control available from north and south end of space
  •  9- Megalite Babymega Q70
  •  Assorted Legacy Quartz Theatrical Lighting Equipment

 Sound System:

  •  8- Meyer UPJ-1P Loudspeakers
  •  2- Meyer UMS-1P Subwoofer
  •  2- MOTU 828 Hybrid Audio Interfaces

Projection System:

  • 6500 lumen laser projector 21’x33’ floor projection

Hanging System:

  •  55’x 24’ grid with 5’x8’ spacing

Motion Capture System:

  •  16 camera Optitrack Flex system 24’ x 24’ layout
  • Motive:Body software

 Infrared Motion Sensing:

  • Ultra wide angle 1494b camera with IR sources covering dance floor


  •  Step ladder 12’ x 2
  • Step ladder 6’





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