A little over two years ago, I wrote about Digital light… showing the way. The basic idea was that light could be modulated to provide intelligent, personalized, wayfinding. In my concept, street lighting would be used and I included an animation of how a jogger could use it. “Tall-drinks” has come up with a very similar idea — the difference is, in his concept, each person would have their own source of digital light. He’s even built a simple prototype –for jogging — using a picoprojector. Even better, he’s provided instructions on how to make one for yourself.
Fundamentally we need to understand that a projector is nothing more than a light source — a light source that can be modulated. It’s one good way of creating digital light, something that has been pointed out many times on this site.
Simply projection mapping, you say? This is so much more than projection mapping; it’s something that will make practical differences in everyone’s lives. For some examples, you might want to look at the posts listed below. Some of the applications will seem mundane and that’s exactly the point. Digital light will be part of our everyday lives.
We need to stop equating projectors with screens — “screens are prison cells for pixels“, as Natan Linder says. Once people realize that, a huge number of opportunities open up.
It’s very encouraging to see more and more people experimenting with this. I wonder when mainstream lighting manufacturers wake up to the real potential of digital light and turn it into practical products. Or, maybe it will take some unknown startup on Kickstarter to finally get the ball rolling.
Check out his video below to see Talldrink’s prototype in action. His website has more details– http://talldrinks.com/?p=329 . You can learn how to make your own on his Instructables page: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ground-Projected-Information-Display-for-night-jo/
…when Projection Mapping is simply called ‘projection’. Or simply ‘lighting’.
I think projection mapping (or 3D mapping as some call it) is awesome. But have you noticed how mainstream it’s become? It was only 2008 when Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking Image Mill went live …groundbreaking in size, scope, beauty. Since then, there have been many, many, examples of projection mapping on buildings like Ralph Lauren in London , H&M in Amsterdam and the Joule Hotel last year (for more examples, see Amy-Mae Elliot’s Mashable article.
Does anyone doubt that this will become commonplace? Soon? It’s just light… digital light.
DrawLight has used projection-mapping to turn the entire surface of a life-sized sculpture by artist Rabarama into a digital canvas. This is beautiful work. The video shows more.
According to Geny, four projectors were used. The implications for digital light? The surface isn’t large, meaning fairly low cost projectors can be used. That means this medium can be —will soon be— explored by more and more artists. And that means we can expect to see many other real-world surfaces become affordable digital canvases in the near future.
Digital Light is already creating job descriptions that didn’t exist a short while ago. One is projection mapping specialist. Check out this video. It’s about the set for the Amon Tobin tour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrt7-kIgIM Don’t know what projection mapping is? It’s what the designers of the set in this video do.
Now imagine this on a personal scale. In your home; in your office. Imagine this for digital-out-of-home.
There are a lot of very cool things happening with projection mapping — more examples in future posts.
(thanks to @ENBDavies http://enbdavies.ca/ for letting me know about this one!)