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Projector, Camera, Real Time 3D Mapping: The Internet Umbrella!

Internet Umbrella

Internet Umbrella

Here is another umbrella that lights up, this time using the internet. The Internet Umbrella aka Pileus, was designed by two students in Tokyo, Takashi Matsumoto and Sho Hashimoto, envisioning a more connected future. The Pileus has two main functions, real time 3D mapping and photo sharing. The umbrella is connected to a laptop that has Wi-Fi access. Onboard the umbrella there is a projector on the shaft which projects onto the underside of the umbrella, a camera, a digital compass, a GPS receiver and a motion sensor.

When switched to the 3D mapping mode, the person’s location is projected onto the umbrella using Google Earth. As the person moves, so does the Google Earth projection.

With a flick of a switch you can go into the camera mode. In this mode the person can take a photo and it will be uploaded directly to Flickr.

You can also project photos and videos from the internet onto the umbrella for a more entertaining walk in the rain. The photos can be scrolled through by simply twisting the umbrella as seen in the video below. – Site

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3D Projections: Onto Buildings, Cars and Snow [Videos]

3D Projection Building

How cool is this – 3D projections. It has been done a number of times on buildings but other areas are now starting to get used. The basic process is that the object you want to project on, say a building, needs to be digitally mapped out. From here the projections then sit on top of and interact with the buildings features – making each building projection and on animation unique. So far most of the 3D projections are related to advertising, and brands doing some visual stunts. It will be interesting to see where, and if the use of 3D projections develop – say into featured films?

The first video is of a projection Ralph Lauren did on their London building. This was done to celebrate 10 years of digital innovation. Watch as “RalphLauren.com presents the ultimate fusion of art, fashion & technology in a visual feast for the 5 senses.”

This second video is a 3D projection onto a Toyota Auris. On first watch, it looks to be fake, which is probably why they made a ‘making of’. Toyota and Glue really pushed the technology here, using 7 projectors to pull it off (as well as some additional lights here and there from the looks of it).

Next up is Red Bull mixing 3D projections with snowboarding. The great thing here is that they used infrared cameras to track the snowboarders as they flew through the air, making the projections interact with them.

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