Box from Bot & Dolly

March 2nd, 2015 § 2 comments

This incredible art installation was created using a couple of industrial robots, high quality projectors and very clever 3D modeling. What is perhaps more interesting is what they did not use however. There is no green screen and no special effects were added after it was filmed; it was captured entirely in camera. The creators would prefer that people see it in person but in the interest of allowing a greater number of people to experience their art they created this short film.

From the video description:

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.

If you were as intrigued by this as me then you should certainly check out the behind-the-scenes video where they show off some of the technology they used.

The modeling software, Maya, even allowed them to control the movement of the robots that control the canvases. Like tool paths in a CNC milling machine but instead of milling aluminum they are creating art.

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§ 2 Responses to Box from Bot & Dolly"

  • They are going to find trouble with live demonstrations. In the video I noticed that their camera moves around and perspective changes accordingly. This means they are doing headtracking. This only works for a single viewer at a time. I’m sure they can still come up with cool demos but not as cool as what they are demoing in their video.

    • Thomas Paine says:

      I believe the head tracking was only used to simulate how someone would naturally look around while viewing the display. Obviously if you are standing way off to the side it wouldn’t be as cool but the same could be said of an IMAX screen or a musical performance. I don’t think it’s limited to one person at a time.

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