Audio-visual experts and the general public alike were wowed by dance act Freelusion on Britain’s Got Talent over the weekend. The four dancers from Hungary got through to the live semi-finals with their act which combined futuristic dancing and outfits with 3D projection mapping. The act, consisting of Timea, Lajos, Viktor and Laszlo described their talent to the judges as “an interactive 3D dance show”. Using 4 large cubes and a large screen behind them, the quartet’s projections coordinated perfectly with their actions, creating a smooth performance. 3D projection mapping is often used so that irregularly shaped objects can display video projection.
As was shown in our article on ARC, the digital art festival, musicians in the electronica genre are often using visuals to accompany their DJ performances, but Freelusion claim to be the first dance act to combine the two, with their first showcase in 2009. Freelusion also competed on Hungary’s version of the talent show and have been used in marketing and advertising campaigns for electronics companies. Check out the video below if you missed their performance on Saturday. Feel free to contact us if you would like more information on projection mapping.
With the latest Xbox being revealed in the upcoming weeks, Microsoft has been busy with other projects which are likely to follow afterwards. After being seen for the first time at January’s CES show, the Illumiroom is latest in immersive technology thanks to the use of a Kinect and a projector. The Kinect scans your living room and takes measurements, so that the projector can display graphics around the room creating the play space to increase dramatically, which could be particularly useful in first player games. The colours are matched using a technique called “radiometric compensation” and the Kinect and projector can be mounted wherever is convenient in the room. The “illusions” that are projected can differ from special effects around the images on the screen, enlarging the game as a whole, or transforming your room to look totally different, for example, turn it into a cartoon style. Below is a full demonstration of how system looks.
If you’ve had the pleasure of embracing a festival environment, you’ll know that it isn’t just the music that creates such an atmosphere. Bristol’s ARC festival, which took place recently, is one of the only festivals that highlights the importance of audio-visual whilst also celebrating electronic music. Several small domes are used as stages and each one has a 360 degree live projected light show in action. Company RFID and AV experts Luma use specialised software, which can design art on impulse to match the mood or speed of the current music playing. Other AV “artists” can bring along their visuals to be calibrated onto a curved surface, which uses six projectors around the dome and each portion is adjusted with millimetre precision.
The curved concept is bound to receive more mainstream interest in the future, particularly from live music events and RFID have already had a few offers. Below is a fan video of one of the domes in action.
As if the Tobacco Dock in London was not enough in respects of a great venue, the content displayed within its old fashioned frame makes for an enlightening day, in which the power of audio-visual proves it’s stronger than ever. The NEC Showcase’s fifth year of collaborating with other big manufacturers sees a serious upgrade in the retail and education sectors; however the event covers every angle including corporate, transport, media, leisure, healthcare and control. Each room had live demonstrations of new innovations so that you could experience the technology hands on, with visitors from round the world receiving live tours around the vast displays. From the word go you enter the electronic world, with a immersive tunnel that uses rear projection to create an engaging walkway.
Amongst all of this, there was also conferences and seminars as well as a dance troupe who were demonstrating a 4K workflow and were being filmed for playback on a 4K videowall and other 4K technology including a laser projector and using a 5K camera. 4K was seen elsewhere in the venue including NEC’s new 4K laser projector and a UHD 4K videowall. 3D had its own area, which proves this technology will continue to evolve, however it was kept purely for leisurely activities at this event.
The education room concentrated on collaborative learning including DisplayNote software, which we have touched on previously here. Digital signage within the schools and universities were pushed with AMX’s latest control panel proving anyone can keep the system up to date (blog coming soon).
The retail section was probably the most popular, due to so many interactive displays that brought to life many concepts we have been hearing so much about, yet haven’t tried out for ourselves. This included large touch screen menus, virtual changing rooms and audience analytics (blogs to come soon).
Congratulations to NEC on the event and make sure to keep an eye out for more in depth product spotlights coming soon on the Tech Zone.
Just as tablets become the favourite for controlling lives, as well as technology, the University of Carolina come along to throw the largest spanner into the works, the human brain. Researchers in the bioengineering department have created a “Brain Machine Interface” (BMI), which is a tattoo-like, wireless device attached to the forehead. At the moment, the contraption is being applied to the medical industry to monitor premature babies and research labs and hospitals are already planning the arrival of the BMI.
But think about it this way. Professor Coleman also sees potential applications in control and telepathy. Imagine, you walk into your house and the lighting, music and heating is set to your mood without you doing anything. The ease of application to the body and antennae to transmit the signals to other wireless receivers means the possibilities could be endless and many ridiculous. The BMI is solar powered and though we have already seen brain signals used to control robotics via implants, this tattoo form avoids complications with incorrect implantation (check out the video of Brain Gate implants in action below). So make the most of your thoughts now before everyone else can read them and let’s hope our AV systems will no longer need a finger lifted.
Here at Paragon, we’re aware that not everyone can get out to see the latest products at exhibitions at training days. With this in mind we are offering a free demonstration day at our offices for local schools and business to check out the latest Clevertouch. The interactive LCD touch screen features a multi-touch of over 30 points and can be adjusted from board to table form.
We are offering local establishments a free of charge in-house demonstration with one of our expert consultants to give you a one on one feel for the board and see the advantages it could bring to an educational or corporate environment.
We currently have these times available so feel free to call us to book an appointment. One of our team can come and collect you if necessary.
You may have seen ex-Pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger modelling this at the EE’s 4G launch in November last year but if not it would appear the Twitter dress is making a comeback for the catwalk. The dress, which is adorned with more than 500 Swarovski crystals and 2,000 LED lights, is linked to a computer so that tweets are displayed across the dress like a ticker tape. The woman behind the design is Francesca Rosella, the creative director and co-founder of Cute Circuit, who specialise in merging fashion and technology together.
The dress was discussed and displayed today on BBC Radio 4 and other news channels, with Francesca explaining the future of technical tailoring isn’t far off from reaching the high street. LED scrolling shirts have already been seen but the connection between instant internet access and display is what makes this unique. The dress needs recharging for just two hours via USB and you’re reading to dance the night away. Check out the video below for more information and examples.
Sign & Digital were celebrating their 25th anniversary this year at the Birmingham NEC and although advances have been made in the realms of printing and sign, there was a decrease of what we at Paragon believe will be the future. Unlike last year, the digital signage on offer was severely lacking, with only a few examples of how powerful this medium truly is.
SIS Digital quite literally displayed the largest form of signage, with their outdoor advertisement boards that use LED technology. Pop Digital’s content management system was exhibited on an array of Android based tablets with a variety of fixtures that would be ideal for the retail industry. Grandstands may still primarily supply roll ups and stands but they are one of the only companies here today that have realised the possibilities of tablets. Their robust designs for stands fit for iPad and other touchscreen products take into account anti-theft bracket, whilst attaching additional displays via print.
Perhaps digital signage is still a bit too far out of many businesses’ budgets or maybe the print industry is afraid of their digital evolution taking over. What was slightly bizarre was the great use of digital signage to promote the print being exhibited. Either way, we’re sure there will be an influx for next year’s.
With what is probably the most anticipated gadget of the century, Google has added yet another feature to the technological attire that is likely to push it even further. A lightweight, monochrome laser projector has been mounted on one side of the glasses and a camera on the other, to create a projection that can be beamed onto any surface, including the user’s palm.
Its touch capabilities mean you can transform your hand or another surface, into a keyboard or controls for a game you’re playing on the Google device. With some similarities to the Microsoft Kinect game, the further developments to this technology mean that despite head or hand movements, whilst say walking, the interface will stay centred, creating a smooth journey.
LG electronics will be the first manufacturer to offer curved OLED on the public market, with the screens going on sale in South Korea next month. OLED technology allowed the screens to possess a thinner and more flexible form, which we touched on previously.
Despite both LG and Samsung exhibiting their curved OLEDs at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, LG have taken the lead with their 55inch screen that will sell at the equivalent to £8,725. The curvature of the television is said to create an Imax-like experience and eliminates screen-edge distortion and creates deeper blacks.
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