Transforming Books, Photos in Even More Disney Research

Disney Research is apparently releasing all their latest inventions at once. The most dazzling, atop the air-interaction-feedback project we saw earlier this week, uses captured light field data to transform ordinary photography into the basis of three-dimensional scenes. Say wha?: This paper describes a method for scene reconstruction of complex, detailed environments from 3D light fields. Densely sampled light fields in the order of 10^9 light rays allow us to capture the real world in unparalleled detail, but efficiently processing this amount of data to generate an equally detailed reconstruction represents a significant challenge to existing algorithms. We propose an …

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The 10 Most Popular Stories on CDMotion in 2011: Our Augmented World

In code and 3D models, in live visual performance and augmented architecture and dance, in VJ sets and futuristic 3D demos, shows and games, visualism extended to new ways of transforming perception. For just one slice of what happened this year, entirely by the numbers, here are the stories that scored the most page views in 2011 – not necessarily the most significant stories, but those that ranked largest in traffic, which to me is at least an interesting metric in terms of what garners the greatest attention and audience. Let us know your favorite stories from 2011, too, on …

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Augmented Projection with Magician Marco Tempest, Big in Japan

Magic Projection Live @ TEDxTokyo 2010 from Marco Tempest on Vimeo. Applying infrared tracking to a projection surface, Magic Projection makes digital visuals more immersive by freeing the content from fixed real-world imagery. We saw the project at the end of last year, but technologist and magician Marco Tempest tells us he’s just completed the first live performance debut of the system. The project is built in OpenFrameworks, with the assistance of that project’s founder Zach Lieberman. Here is the first ever live performance with my Magic Projection system (at TEDxTokyo 2010). Have fun watching and let me know what …

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A Magical, Audiovisual Augmented Dome

Cúpula sonora / Palacio Salvo from chindogu on Vimeo. Like a digitally deconstructed then reconstructed architectural fragment, VJ Chindogu’s Cúpula Sonora stands as an audiovisual object, with music by David Duchov. I like Chindogu’s term of “ephemeral sculpture” here, as there is a sense of that as the cupola pulses and vibrates. And while I think the rectangular screen probably has life left in it, what’s striking as a result is that the object becomes for me autonomous and self-sufficient. Chindogu aka Marcelo Vidal has a long resume of work, ranging from stage design to galleries, visual performance, and architectural …

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Augmented Projection, as Easy as Painting: Kyle McLean's Work is Fast, Elegant

Rapid Projection Mapping System from Kyle McLean on Vimeo. Kyle McLean is quick. He’s apparently quick at connecting together visual wonders in the multimedia patching environment vvvv, and he’s now focused on an environment that allows augmented projection to be “sketched” quickly onto surfaces. That speed doesn’t mean laziness, though: it means the ability to be improvisational with creative ideas. Details on the rapid prototyping, rapid projection system: everyoneishappy.com I developed a very fast and flexible projection mapping system which we were asked to present at Pecha Kucha Brisbane. This was part of that demonstration, however the same setup can …

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Projection Mapping at The Edge Launch: Kyle McLean Augmenting Public Art

It’s been six weeks since The Edge launch. People are starting to discover the building and its lab of free-access, kitted out computers. We had an iteration of Plug N Play Brisbane , and a bunch of great events and workshops passed & future. The one thing The Edge doesn’t have so far is people editing footage to show what’s going on! I hope to remedy that in the coming weeks, but right now a little of this gap has been filled by Kyle McLean, who was commissioned to put together a projection mapping installation for the opening event. The …

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Projection Mapping: Augmented Furniture, Augmented Sculpture in the Round

Augmented Sculpture by GROSSE8 & LICHTFRONT / Passagen 2010 from Lichtfront on Vimeo. Part of the beauty of projection is its ability to mix light and sculpture, so it’s with great pleasure that I come across this fantastic, organic and origami-like work by Cologne-based Grosse8/Lichtfront. The big accomplishment of this work, evident only as you watch the camera pan around the piece, is that it is made 360 degrees in the round. The core of the installation is a 2,5m tall wooden sculpture that builds the screen for a 360° projection with virtual content. The projection constantly augments the sculptures …

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Night Lights: Projections Transform a Building into an Outdoor Playground

night lights from thesystemis on Vimeo. Who says “art” can’t also involve the words “fun” and “play”? We’ve been watching a lot of outdoor projection, projection mapping, and visuals on architecture. The twist in “Night Lights” is that onlookers are active participants, making the side of a building into an interactive visual playground. The best part? People start dancing. (Hmmm… perhaps we’ve stumbled upon the solution to the problems that plague visualists and electronic musicians alike in 2010. We just need outdoor, all-ages music events with interactive projections that make the kids – little kids – dance.) The team that …

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Augmented Projection: “Magic Projection” Creates Elegant Moving Screens

Where better in the world to introduce elegant moving screens than a country that made narrative on flat surfaces come alive, from painted screens to manga? Magician, visualist, and technologist Marco Tempest sends this brilliant video documentation of the work he’s been doing with what he calls “Magic Projection.” The technique is simple – and extraordinarily effective. Infrared tracking points in the screen, coupled with extremely efficient vision analysis software on the computer, produce a perfectly-scaled image. Beyond that, everything is Marco’s own ingenuity. (One reason I think we all have a lot to learn from Marco is that his …

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Augmented Projection: "Magic Projection" Creates Elegant Moving Screens

Where better in the world to introduce elegant moving screens than a country that made narrative on flat surfaces come alive, from painted screens to manga? Magician, visualist, and technologist Marco Tempest sends this brilliant video documentation of the work he’s been doing with what he calls “Magic Projection.” The technique is simple – and extraordinarily effective. Infrared tracking points in the screen, coupled with extremely efficient vision analysis software on the computer, produce a perfectly-scaled image. Beyond that, everything is Marco’s own ingenuity. (One reason I think we all have a lot to learn from Marco is that his …

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