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Apollo Launch Projection Mapping

Apollo Launch Projection Mapping

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the talented visual artists of 59 Productions created an incredible projection mapping on the Washington Monument that replicated the launch of the Saturn V rocket and its mission to the moon. Drew Geraci of District 7 Media shared this pristine 4K footage of the event.

Final Fantasy XIV Projection Mapping

Final Fantasy XIV Projection Mapping

Square Enix put on a fantastic projection mapped show on the side of the famous InterContinental Yokohoma Grand hotel to celebrate Final Fantasy‘s 30th anniversary and the recent release of Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.

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Projection-Mapped Cake

Projection-Mapped Cake

UK pastry chefs Angie Scott Cakes created what would normally be a basic box-tier cake, but its plain white surfaces quickly come to life through the wonders of projection mapping tech. The only thing better would be if you could actually play Pac-Man and Angry Birds on it.

Dynamic Projection Mapping

Dynamic Projection Mapping

Up until now, most projection mapping has been done on fixed or predictably moving surfaces. This incredible tech from Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory can project onto moving objects like paper or fabric, adjusting images up to 1,000 times per second.

Projection Mapped Cello

Projection Mapped Cello

Musician Sol Gabetta performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor on her 300-year-old cello, embellished with digitally-projected images which stay precisely aligned with her instrument, even as she moves, thanks to the wonders of infrared tracking tech.

Projection Napping

Projection Napping

Digital studio Dawn of Man recently treated New Yorkers to silly sights of sleeping giants. Its Projection Napping project showed videos of gigantic people trying to rest within the confines of the city’s walls.

Asstral Projection

Asstral Projection

We’ve seen projection mapping on buildings, cars, boxes and human faces. Here’s the final frontier. YouTubers ARUFARU teamed up with YouTuber machspecial to make a silly presentation using his bare behind.

Ritot Projection Watch

Ritot Projection Watch

We saw a concept for a watch that could project the time back in 2009. Now, there’s an Indiegogo campaign to bring one to reality. The Ritot uses tech which can shine the current time, messages and notifications on the back of your hand.

Cleveland Cavs Court Projection

Cleveland Cavs Court Projection

Quince Imaging and Think Media Studios turned the Cleveland Cavaliers’ court into a gigantic projection screen with this awesome pre-game introduction presentation. For once, the folks at the top got the best seat in the house.

AquaScreen Projection Screen

AquaScreen Projection Screen

Take pool parties to the next level with the AquaScreen. It’s made of lightweight vinyl and doesn’t require fans to stay upright. Just pump air in, anchor it to the included sand bags and you’re good to go. Available in a variety of sizes.

Giant Spider Projection

Giant Spider Projection

Motion design artist Friedrich van Schoor shot footage of spiders running around a scale model, and then projected the shadows through the windows of an actual building.

Alienware Projection Mapping

Alienware Projection Mapping

Besides using their computers for this high res rendering of the 3D projection mapping and film, Alienware’s Area 52 Airstream production also incorporates pyrotechnics and live action.

Hyundai Projection Mapping

Hyundai Projection Mapping

We’ve featured 3D projection maps before, but never one that incorporated an actual car into the display. This promo for the Hyundai Accent does an awesome job blending real and virtual worlds.

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Hot Wheels Projection Mapping

Hot Wheels Projection Mapping

Through the magic of 3D projection mapping, the Sydney Customs House was recently converted into a giant racetrack for Hot Wheels cars, courtesy of Muse Amsterdam, PostPanic and BeamSystems.

Projection Truck Animation

Projection Truck Animation

It may not sound all that impressive, but we think this colorful, minute long video of a truck magically lighting up by reanimatr is cool. Now we want to know why all trucks can’t look like this.

TRON: Legacy Projection Mapping

TRON: Legacy Projection Mapping

No, we aren’t tired of projection mapping yet, or TRON for that matter: check out the full projection mapping light show spectacle for TRON: Legacy on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

3D Castle Projection Mapping

3D Castle Projection Mapping

Shoot to kill, play to thrill: it’s AC/DC vs. Iron Man in this cool architectural projection mapping project on the front facade of the Great Keep at Rochester Castle, which warps and tumbles before your eyes.

Short: Facts About Projection

Short: Facts About Projection

Facts About Projection isn’t just a moving tribute to a dying profession (projectionists) but to a way of life; theaters aren’t the only thing going digital in a world meant to be lived in analog.

Projections: Night Lights

Projections: Night Lights

Projection art gets interactive with Night Lights; it uses twelve 20,000 lumen projectors to amplify body, hand, and phone movements into 5-story images on the Auckland Ferry Building.

Pac Man/Pinball Projections

Pac Man/Pinball Projections

Shot at a secret festival in Northern England, there’s actually a variety of amazing video projections above; our favorite parts are the Pac Man and Pinball sequences at 3:30.

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Video: Castle Projection

Video: Castle Projection

We’ve seen public projection art before, but Tetragram for Enlargement is easily our favorite–this because (or in spite) of being projected onto the normally busy walls of a castle.

Inflatable Projection Screen

Inflatable Projection Screen

You’ll need to tether it, but Open Air Cinema’s inflatable projection screen delivers a glorious 220″ of widescreen nirvana; add some helium and the whole neighborhood can watch.

VAVA Ultra Short-throw Projector

VAVA Ultra Short-throw Projector

VAVA’s laser projector outputs 4K images with HDR10 support. It can can create up to a 150″ display from just 7.2″ away from the projection surface. It’s rated at 6000 lumens, and its light source lasts up to 25,000h. It’s even bright enough to use in daylight with the proper screen.

Laserlight Core

Laserlight Core

Beryl’s Laserlight Core is an improved version of the company’s innovative projection bicycle light, which sends an image of a bicycle about 20ft in front of you. It’s lighter, projects a clearer laser image and lasts longer (up to 41h per charge). It’s also water- and dust-resistant.

Great Barrier Reef Overcapture

Great Barrier Reef Overcapture

Diver Phill Gordon captured this incredible, but all too short footage of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef using his GoPro Fusion 360º camera, switching into “overcapture” mode to produce a spherical projection of the fish as they swim around his fellow undersea explorers.

Lightform Projected AR System

Lightform Projected AR System

Lightform’s upcoming system allows anyone with a computer and a projector to create the sort of projection mapping visuals heretofore reserved for the pros. It can scan objects, then generate intricate projected images that perfectly match their surfaces. More on Tested.

US Geography Weirdness

US Geography Weirdness

We’ve all gotten so used to seeing maps of the world in cylindrical and pseudo-cylindrical projections, that our sense of where things are placed and their sizes is pretty distorted compared to reality. RealLifeLore explains many misperceptions of our nation’s geography.

Planet Vienna

Planet Vienna

Photographer Joerg Daiber of LittleBigWorld takes us on an unusual tour of Vienna, Austria, capturing a spherical projection of the city that makes its buildings and citizens look like a level straight out of Super Mario Galaxy.

Hisense 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV

Hisense 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV

Hisense’s new 4K TV is actually a home theater package built around an impressive short throw laser projector. It comes with a 100″ Black Diamond projection screen. The projector itself has Harman Kardon speakers with a separate subwoofer, a TV tuner and streaming apps.

Voxon VX1 Volumetric Display

Voxon VX1 Volumetric Display

Developed by Voxon Photonics, the VX1 can display incredible holographic 3D images which float in space. It uses a proprietary technology which can project more than half a billion points of light every second onto a rapidly moving projection surface. More here.

How IMAX Film Projectors Work

How IMAX Film Projectors Work

Watching movies in a true IMAX theater can be an overwhelmingly amazing experience. Projectionist John Ruddock shows us that preparing the expensive equipment can also be intense. There’s a surprising amount of manual setup involved in playing a 70mm IMAX film.

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