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18 Jan 2023

Advancements in Projection Mapping: Envisioning the Next Era

Advancements in Projection Mapping: Envisioning the Next Era
The future of projection mapping

Projection mapping, a technique that turns objects and structures into interactive 3D displays, is poised for significant evolution. Thomas Vertommen, an immersive experience specialist at Panasonic, shares insights on projection mapping trends and what the future may hold for this technology.

The Evolution of Projection Mapping

Historically, projection mapping has been an awe-inspiring spectacle, using the exteriors of buildings as canvases for large-scale visual narratives. Yet, according to Vertommen, this is merely the beginning. The future promises a more immersive experience, where users are surrounded by projection mapping in a 360-degree environment, offering a dynamic and interactive alternative reality without the need for VR headsets or AR glasses.

Disney's Leap Towards Immersive Worlds

Highlighting the potential of this technology, Disney's Virtual World Simulator patent aims to create immersive 360-degree worlds through projection. This system plans to track the user's movement in real-time, eliminating the need for headsets or glasses, and paving the way for a more natural and engaging interactive experience.

The Shared Experience Advantage

This new era of projection mapping is poised to enhance the way experiences are shared, moving away from the isolating nature of VR to a more communal interaction. The technology's potential to foster shared emotions and reactions, both in-person and online, presents a stark contrast to current VR applications. This communal aspect not only enriches the user experience but also serves as a powerful marketing tool, enhancing visibility through social sharing.

Technological Challenges and Future Directions

The realisation of these immersive experience hinges on overcoming significant technological hurdles, including the need for increased computational power and advanced content creation tools. The development of graphics processing units like Nvidia's RTX4090 marks a step towards this future, yet more advancements are needed to fully unlock the potential of 360-degree immersive projection mapping.

As we stand on the cusp of this new chapter in projection mapping, the technology's evolution promises to merge the physical and digital worlds in unprecedented ways, transforming our interaction with digital content and setting the stage for a future rich in immersive, interactive experiences.

Source: Blooloop