Projection mapping, robotics and theatre
September 24, 2013 9:39 AM   Subscribe

Box. A choreographed performance incorporating a live human, two industrial robots, and projection mapping onto moving surfaces. You've seen projection mapping onto static surfaces, typically buildings. This takes it several steps beyond… and the result is stunning and beautiful.
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Oh my god, this is wonderful magic.
posted by Brainy at 9:45 AM on September 24, 2013 [1 favorite]

Pretty cool, but needs puppets.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:49 AM on September 24, 2013

That's some amazing work.

Gotta be at 3+ industrial robots - two visible in the film, one holding the camera (that's what this is effectively an ad for) and maybe a couple more to hold the projectors.

Black and white seems a little surprising, given how high-tech it all is otherwise. What sort of projection is this? Is the projection monochrome?
posted by Western Infidels at 10:07 AM on September 24, 2013

It'd be cool to see a play that incorporated this.
posted by codacorolla at 10:08 AM on September 24, 2013

posted by lalochezia at 10:13 AM on September 24, 2013

Beautiful, and impressive, and totally divorced from humanity or meaning. As a proof-of-concept it is breathtaking, and as an artistic statement I'd rather read West Wing slash.
posted by dirtdirt at 10:16 AM on September 24, 2013 [3 favorites]

@codacorolla Absolutely! I imagine Peter Greenaway could do some interesting stuff with it, too - especially in his live/installation pieces.
Which makes me wonder - in the lnked piece, the camera control keeps the single-point-of-perspective thing pretty much perfect, but to what degree would a live implementation (geared around a single viewer) be tolerable/effective? Could the visuals be designed such that you would experience something similar from, say, a motorised ride car, like at Disney or something?
posted by aesop at 10:25 AM on September 24, 2013

the post said it was choreographed. Does this mean that the visuals were all pre-rendered? If so, then the camera movements, which appeared as crappy as holiwood-quality, were also pre-programmed, along with the boxes. Very impressive, but I think that rendering it on the fly would be even moreso!

The best part was at the very end, when the boxes went transparent. That's something glasses could do, eventually, and it would be awesome.
posted by rebent at 10:37 AM on September 24, 2013 [2 favorites]

Presumably the projected footage in this instance is all pre-rendered, but you almost certainly could achieve a similarly compelling effect by combining on-the-fly rendering and positional head tracking (as well as having some kind of control over where the viewer's point-of-view will approximately be, since the effect is probably pretty fragile). You could even get a full 3d effect with polarized projectors and glasses.

Here's a demo of something comparable from 2007, with a clever use of a Wiimote to get cheap head tracking.
posted by figurant at 10:39 AM on September 24, 2013

I can image real-time rendering combined with digital projection replacing green-screens in filming. It would need some sort of combined camera/projector, but it would let the director see exactly what the seen will look like.
posted by fings at 10:43 AM on September 24, 2013

That, right there, is a nice use of tech. I really want to see what a really big bunch of clever artistic people could do with this, collectively and individually.
posted by rmd1023 at 10:56 AM on September 24, 2013

I can image real-time rendering combined with digital projection replacing green-screens in filming.

Not really. The greatest advantage with green screens is that you can mess around with the background after you've shot the actors. If you use projection like this you're pretty much locked into what you want the background to be.
posted by ymgve at 12:49 PM on September 24, 2013

Really cool and well done!

I think you left out a robot.

The Camera. All of that depends on being viewed from the right perspective. It was the first thing I noticed, sorry.
posted by djrock3k at 8:00 PM on September 24, 2013

Some good shots of the camera in their demo reel.
posted by pixie at 3:55 PM on September 25, 2013

The camera bot is actually visible briefly at 3:00.
posted by Western Infidels at 5:55 PM on September 25, 2013

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