THE POWER OF PROJECTION
Projection mapping is light mapped onto any surface into interactive displays. To put it simply, its the use of a video projector to display images on a non-flat or non-white surface/object. Projection mapping can and is also called 'video mapping' and augmented reality'.
This type of technology can be used in advertising, live concerts, musicals and plays, gaming, decorations or just displayed as art in itself. Its a new for of media that is spreading and evolving the more it is used. Some examples of this can be seen further down:
Optoma, as well as offering a wide variation of projectors in all sizes, has created an mobile app called 'Projection Mapping'.
The app is available on Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle Fire devices and works with any projector that you can connect to your smart device. Projection Mapping offers multiple different images and videos, but also allows you to upload your own material.
Another really fascinating VR technology, that we tried out in the workshop are using motion trackers such as Leap Motion offers. We played around with the app Playground for our session:
INTERACTIVITY VIA MICROCONTROLLERS
A microcontroller is a very small, and quite inexpensive computer that are very useful when you are creating a simple interactive device that does not need the full power of a bigger computer.
Arduino is a company/project that creates microcontroller-based kits meant for building digital devices and interactive objects. It uses a USB cable to load code onto the board, making it easy for beginner to use.
littleBits is a New York based company that makes an open source library of modular electronics (open-source electronics), which snap together with small magnets for prototyping and learning. The littleBits mission is to "put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone, and to break down complex technologies so that anyone can build, prototype, and invent."