Projection Mapping is using video footage and displaying it over a 3D object to create a dynamic presentation. Projection Mapping is also referred to as ‘Spatial Augmented Reality” as it projecting digital information over a physical space.
How does Projection Mapping work?
Projection Mapping is the display of digital objects in the form of animated videos or recorded video footage onto 3D physical objects. It is different from flat-screen mapping as the visuals are able to appear wrapped around a 3D object – such as a building.
Why Projection Mapping?
Projection Mapping as an event activation or event display is a creative way to showcase information. It is interactive and brings an element of awe to the message you are portraying. Traditional means of getting information to your audience at events are dying out as “boring” as interactive technology make it more exciting.
Examples of Projection Mapping
Examples of Projection Mapping can be found right here in Dubai. Have you been to Dubai Festival City Mall and watched the fountain and light display? The fountain is used as a surface onto which video footage is projected.
Another example is where Fanta Middle East used Projection Mapping as a way to market their product at Dubai Mall.
This week marks an exciting achievement in the history of Virtuality as a team!
Dubai Lynx is the MENA region’s sister festival to Cannes Lions. It is where brands from the marketing and creative industries get together to showcase the best ideas and executions in different innovative fields.
This year Snapchat hosted the Think With AR competition which three of our team members; Louis-Xavier Ambroise, Nairah Thaha, and Fabian Pulido Abbate entered with the following Snapchat filter:
We were shortlisted, and announced winners of the competition at Dubai Lynx on Tuesday! Congratulations to our team.
There are two things required to make an indoor AR location app:
This method entails placing Bluetooth Low Energy beacons (BLE) around the areas you wish to have mapped out. These beacons are small in size and easy to hide. Whenever the user walks into the range of the beacon, it sends out a signal to the AR app via Bluetooth which alerts the software to the position of the user.
The advantage is that the accuracy of the navigation is high since the app is being fed direct information. The cost of creating such a service goes up when you want to cover larger spaces indoors as you will need a lot of sensors.
If you have used an Augmented Reality app that makes use of ARKit/ARCore frameworks, you would have noticed that once you place 3D content on to a surface, you are able to walk away from it and see that its location persists in the real world. This is done by making use of motion tracking technology using the sensors mentioned above so that it is able to establish how far you have walked and in which direction.
Harnessing this technology, we are able to make indoor navigation apps in Augmented Reality using only sensors. What must be considered, though, is that because of the high frame rate of the sensors small measurement errors can accumulate over time to cause a significant error referred to as “sensor drift.”
The other thing to keep in mind is that the phone needs to be aware of the initial starting point and orientation in order to establish its position. This can be done in many ways, but most commonly users will be asked to scan a predefined image target which lets the app know the initial position and rotation of the phone.
We implemented VR solutions at events and exhibitions, as well as for restaurants and a food truck supplier!
360 photography and videography are becoming popular options for events and marketing. Businesses are using 360 tours to showcase their office spaces; we created one for Scissors Tailoring Studio at Kempinski Hotel and Residences on Palm Jumeirah.
We also used our virtual tour of Marina Gate to incorporate 3D design.