Laservision Softstop Barrier

Laservision Softstop Barrier

This heads-up display was designed to prevent trucks from entering tunnels they can’t fit into. It uses a super-bright laser projector to display a massive STOP sign on a curtain of water. Laservision has used similar technology in the entertainment industry to create incredible projection effects.

Splay Folding Display

Splay Folding Display

Carry a 24.5″ HD screen wherever you go with the Splay folding display. It combines a short-throw projector with a pop-up rear projection screen to give you a big picture for watching movies, playing games, or doing demos and presentations. The projector can also be used to produce up to an 80″ image in standalone mode.

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JAMBINAI Tiny Desk Concert

JAMBINAI Tiny Desk Concert

JAMBINAI combines elements of traditional Korean music with heavy metal. To achieve their unique sound, they perform using a mix of old-world and modern instruments. While the backdrop may look like NPR Music’s Tiny Desk office, it’s actually a projection, which changes to reflect the group’s rich and powerful sound.

R2-D2 Hologram Edition Model

R2-D2 Hologram Edition Model

Bandai Japan is showing offf this unique 1/12-scale plastic model of R2-D2. This clearly isn’t the droid you’re looking for because you can see right through its electric blue shell. The design was inspired by R2’s holographic projection of Princess Leia. Drops 10.2021.

Levitation 2

Levitation 2

The follow-up to Sila Sveta’s award-winning performance art piece Levitation goes beyond the boundaries of the original, growing this dancer’s environment from the limits of a small, projection-mapped stage into an expansive digital stage. Stick around to the end for the behind-the-scenes footage.

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Techmoan looks back at a popular toy sold from the 1960s to the 1980s. Made by General Electric, and later by Gabriel Toys, the Show ‘N Tell combined a record player with a filmstrip projector. As kids played the “PictureSound” records, the film strip moved through the light path, casting images onto a rear-projection screen.

HUDWAY Glass Heads-Up Navigation Display

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This low-cost gadget adds a heads-up display to any car. It uses your phone’s screen as its projection source, which reflects onto a see-through screen you can attach to your dashboard. It works with a variety of smartphone GPS apps to display your speed and driving directions, so you can keep your eyes on the road ahead.

The Troubles with Darkness in Horror

The Troubles with Darkness in Horror

It’s tough to make a really scary movie or TV show without shadows for creepy things to hide in. But as filmmaker David F. Sandberg explains, it’s not always the easiest thing to film dark scenes and have them come off as realistic, while still being visible on everything from projection screens to smartphone displays.

The Death of Green Screen?

The Death of Green Screen?

(PG-13: Language) Filming things against a green screen and then replacing that area with digital images has become the norm in visual effects shots. But with the dramatic improvements in rear-projection tech perfected on The Mandalorian, Mr. Sunday Movies wonders if that could spell the end of the long-standing chromakey technique.

Million

Million

We highly recommend going full screen on the biggest landscape mode display you have to get the most out of this playful montage of ultra-widescreen animations made by a team of Montreal designers and curated by Rémi Vincent. The sequence originally appeared on a massive 50:9-ratio projection video wall for MAPP Montreal.

Stranger Things Pinball

Stranger Things Pinball

Take a trip to 1980s Hawkins, Indiana and battle the Demogorgon with Stern Pinball’s Stranger Things machines. You’ll want to opt for the pricey Premium or Limited Edition, which have a projection video screen and “telekinesis” magnetic ball lock. We’re kind of bummed they didn’t do a lower-level playfield for The Upside Down.

Underground Circuit

Underground Circuit

This fascinating clip by video artist Yuge Zhou and sound designer Stephen Farrell was created from hundreds of video clips shot in NYC’s subway stations, then assembled together into concentric squares. It was designed for a top-down projection mapping installation, but it’s just as intriguing flattened.

Lightform LF2 Projector

Lightform LF2 Projector

This unique projector packs a computer inside, as well as an RGB/IR camera, allowing it to automatically create depth maps. Combined with Lightform’s Creator software, anyone can create amazing projection mapping displays in small to medium sized spaces. Already have a projector? Check out the LFC.

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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.

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.

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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.

Mixed Reality Room

Mixed Reality Room

Using projection mapping and a mix of tracking systems, creative studio THÉORIZ shows off a slick prototype which projects 3D images that dynamically adapt to movements, creating a sort of Holodeck version 1.0. Everything you see was captured live, with no post-production.

The Typewriter

The Typewriter

The ever inventive Ithaca Audio modified a 1920’s Remington Portable typewriter into a touch-sensitive MIDI controller. Then they used the space where the paper would go as a projection screen to create a unique audiovisual experience. So yes, the video is in real-time.

INORI (Prayer)

INORI (Prayer)

After creeping us out with his real-time facial projection mapping, Nobumichi Asai is back with a dramatic video which uses the technique to impressive effect, messing with the faces of two dancers by tracking their facial positions and projecting images at up to 1000fps.

Ohuhu Wave Light Projector

Ohuhu Wave Light Projector
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Transform any room into a tranquil spot for relaxation with this bright LED projector, which beams a moving wave of colorful patterns onto your ceiling. It offers 7 color modes, adjustable projection angle, and has a built-in speaker and MP3 player. Requires a USB power source.

Intel Experiments

Intel Experiments

Motion graphics shop FutureDeluxe created this colorful video using physical light and projection, all captured through their camera lens. We’re not sure how they created the underlying imagery, but combined with its audio track, it’s mesmerizing. Still images here.

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