Projection mapping

BMA • 2011

Turning objects of any 3D shape into interactive displays

Projection mapping, a technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection. These may be complex industrial landscapes, such as buildings, cars, or any 3D objects. Specialized software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object.

The project here is located in The Tonno, a bar and restaurant complex in Wanchai. The restaurant owner places a huge ceramic cat at the entrance to attract customers. The cat is wearing a kimono outfit but without any colours. onActivity’s team helped to project different patterns and colours on the cat’s body and feet, making it look like the cat is changing into different outfits and shoes.

Projection mapping can bring everyday objects to life, adding extra dimensions, optical illusions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects.

A rapidly growing form of new media , projection mapping can be used for advertising, live concerts, theatre, gaming, computing, decoration and anything else you can think of.


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