Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dropbear Digital’s incredible music video for Dan Sultan’s track Magnetic was created through a mix of 3D printing, stop-motion, and projection mapping techniques to bring the singer’s digitized avatar to life. The behind-the-scenes photo album is equally fascinating.

LG ProBeam Laser Projector

LG ProBeam Laser Projector

A compact projector that outputs up to 2,000 lumens of brightness, thanks to a bright laser projection system. Has full HD resolution, packs wireless connectivity for mirroring content from smart devices, and pairs with Bluetooth speakers. The LG HF80JA debuts at CES 2017.

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Why All World Maps Are Wrong

Why All World Maps Are Wrong

“The surface of a sphere cannot be represented as a plane without some form of distortion.” That pretty much sums up the fact that there’s really no way to accurately represent the earth in flat maps, as Vox explains. After you stop saying “Winkel Tripel,” go play with this.

SPUD Projector & Screen

SPUD Projector & Screen

The Spontaneous Pop Up Display (SPUD) is a 720p pico projector which sits behind a 24″ 16:9 projection screen. The screen opens up like an umbrella, then folds over the projector when not in use. The whole setup weighs less than 2lb. The projector lasts up to 10h per charge.

Cicret Bracelet Debunked

Cicret Bracelet Debunked

CaptainDisillusion tears apart the dubious claims and the aggressive begging of the people behind the Cicret Bracelet, a tiny, yet improbable accessory that supposedly projects your mobile device’s display as an interactive projection on your wrist.

Boom Shaman

Boom Shaman

One of the most beautiful examples of projection mapping we’ve seen. Artist Daniel Popper and his team worked with Wayne Ellis and Afterlife to create this illuminated sculpture for Portugal’s Boom Festival. The sculpture is equally amazing in daylight.

The Old New World

The Old New World

We can’t imagine how much work it took Alexey Zakharov to create his short film, in which he created entirely new moving pictures using antique still photos digitally projection mapped onto 3D models.

Fire-Breathing Dragon Mapping

Fire-Breathing Dragon Mapping

Amazing footage from Sueños de Agua, an epic projection mapping performance put on last year in Seville, Spain. Of particular note is how the dragons breathe real fire, thanks to synchronization with the pyrotechnics. Skip to 8:00 if you can’t watch the whole show.

Illumi’Nantes

Illumi’Nantes

Staged back in 12/2014, Illumi’Nantes was an projection mapped display shown on the facade of France’s world famous Nantes Cathedral. It featured intricate, animated versions of artist Alain Thomas’ Nativity paintings. More here.

Ink Mapping

Ink Mapping

Oskar & Gaspar show us the least painful way to get a full body tattoo, by projection mapping intricate designs onto the bodies of models who already had some real ink. The animations truly bring the tattoos to life, though some of them kind of creeped us out.

SoftMatter

SoftMatter

PROJECTiONE’s awesome interactive sculpture was the result of creating over 20,000 extruded polyethylene foam rods, better known to most of us as “pool noodles” and arranging them on raised wood decks to create an otherworldly landscape in the middle of Muncie, Indiana.

Barco Interactive Surface

Barco Interactive Surface

Display technology company Barco demonstrates its a rear-projection video wall, which uses lasers and custom sensors to allow it to detect an unlimited number of touchpoints, and lets users view and interact with content in an expansive virtual desktop.

More Than a Sign

More Than a Sign

In Russia, many drivers ignore signs for disabled parking spaces. The non-profit Dislife decided to teach these folks a lesson by rigging up holographic projections of people with disabilities who would pop up as they enter a parking space without the proper permit.

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Age Reduction VFX

Age Reduction VFX

Visual effects artist Rousselos Aravantinos used NUKE and mocha Pro to turn back the hands of time and digitally recreate actress’ Michele Valley’s younger face. In the future we’ll just projection map youth back to our skin.

Lenovo Smart Cast Concept

Lenovo Smart Cast Concept

Lenovo’s Smart Cast is a proof-of-concept smartphone that has a built-in laser projector. When used with the phone’s infrared sensor, the projection becomes interactive, similar to a laser keyboard.

Pepsi: Drone Football

Pepsi: Drone Football

Pepsi set up a nighttime street soccer match in Barcelona. The court and the buildings around it had a drone referee, interactive LEDs, and projection-mapped scoreboard and visual effects, including a cheeky moving goal.

Martial Arts Shadowplay

Martial Arts Shadowplay

Similar to Taichi Saotome’s epic sword fight, Auditore Dubai used projection mapping, 3D animation and precise choreography to make a man fight his shadow. A presentation from the Hamdan International Photography Award.

Changing an IMAX Light Bulb

Changing an IMAX Light Bulb

YouTuber John Ruddock shows two projectionists changing the xenon arc lamp of The Tech Museum‘s IMAX projector. The 15,000W bulb costs about $6,000. It’s so bright if you lit it up on the Moon we’ll be able to see it from here.

An Embroidery of Voids

An Embroidery of Voids

If you liked Zoomquilt, check out Daniel Crooks’ mesmerizing video. An Embroidery of Voids features different alleys overlapping inwards. It would probably be a hundred times more awesome if it was projection mapped on an alley.

Sofles: Graffiti Mapped

Sofles: Graffiti Mapped

Graffiti artist Sofles collaborated with Juddy Roller Studio, Grant Osborne and Opiuo to augment his 5-story mural in Melbourne, Australia with projection mapping and live music. Video by Selina Miles.

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Metal-Melting Solar Death Ray

Metal-Melting Solar Death Ray

Kevin and Grant from the Science Channel’s show What Could Possibly Go Wrong harness the power of the sun, using the fresnel lens from an old rear-projection TV to focus a dangerously hot beam that can melt metals.

Flicks Portable Speaker & Projector

Flicks Portable Speaker & Projector

A Bluetooth speaker and projector with a built-in battery. Its 1280×800 projection display can give you a 100″ screen from just 8.4ft away. It has HDMI and USB charging ports so you can plug in media players like a Roku stick or Chromecast.

Face Hacking

Face Hacking

Producer Nobumichi Asai is the party responsible for the creepy use of face-tracking and projection mapping to replace the faces of live subjects in real time. We won’t be held responsible for any nightmares you have after watching this.

Emmy Curl: Come Closer

Emmy Curl: Come Closer

Director Nuno Barbosa shot this mind-bending video by projection mapping video of musician Emmy Curl back onto herself. The whole video was shot in a single take, without post production. Body paintings by João Tiago Fernandes.

OMOTE

OMOTE

One of the most mindbending uses of projection mapping demonstrates how a model’s face can be digitally replaced when the tech is combined with real-time face tracking. If you happen to live in Tokyo, see a live demo on 8/28/14.

Irma: Save Me

Irma: Save Me

The music video for Save Me, a single from the latest album of France-based singer Irma. Shot in one take, the video makes great use of projection mapping and perspective to go through different emotions and environments.

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