A Bright Future for Projection Mapping Unveiled at CES 2016

Last month, hundreds of thousands of tech enthusiasts gathered in Las Vegas to experience the world’s most cutting-edge technology in one place. The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brought more than 170,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center and featured more than 3,800 exhibitors among 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space, making CES the world’s leading technology showcase. CES 2016 revealed the latest and greatest innovations for popular technologies such as self-driving cars, virtual reality, wearables, Internet of Things and more. Although standing out at CES is no easy task, the Panasonic booth drew crowds with Jetsons-like tech, including its motion-censored transparent TV and interactive 8K table. However, nothing captivated attendees on the show floor quite like Panasonic’s high speed projection mapping demo.

Panasonic unveiled for the first time at CES its prototype for high-speed and synchronized projection mapping on target objects. Current projection technologies need to be programmed in advance, but this new form of projection mapping does not require objects to be marked. As demonstrated by a dancer at the Panasonic CES booth (video below!), sensors track the target object’s movements and project colorful shapes and patterns, in this case dynamic content onto the performer’s white T-shirt and the backdrop behind him. This new technology has limitless applications for users such as artists, healthcare professionals, retailers and advertisers, and extends the reach of projection mapping beyond the static canvases.

Projection mapping has risen to the forefront of AV trends over the decade, with Panasonic powering the projection mapping technology for the opening ceremony at the 2012 the London Olympics. The technology has evolved to transform objects such as cars or entire buildings into canvases that are used to create a dramatic, show-stopping effect.

To read more about our recent projection mapping projects, check out the Kabuki performance and Karlsruhe Palace blog posts.

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