Over the past few years, laser entertainment technology has undergone incredible changes, with new improvements in laser technology helping to drive the industry forward. Laser projectors have become significantly more affordable to purchase and maintain, primarily due to advancements in the laser sources used. And laser control technology from companies like Pangolin have made the process of creating incredible laser displays easier than ever. As a result of these technological improvements, lasers have rapidly become an integral part of many high-profile entertainment venues and events, and we’re now seeing laser technology being used in other new and exciting applications.
One new area we see lasers expanding into, is “Interactive Entertainment Displays”, sometimes referred to as “Crowd Art”. An Interactive Entertainment Display is essentially an installation whereby people in an audience have the opportunity to control, manipulate and in some cases touch an effect. These are becoming increasingly popular, especially in public outdoor areas where there is a desire to captivate an audience.
A recent installation called LASACT held in Cologne, Germany for the “Platine Festival and “ArtApp Awards” is a great example of how lasers are being used for Interactive Entertainment Displays and media art.
Created by BTF Team (http://btf.de), including Alexander Rechberg, David Murmann, Michael König, Adrian Rennertz, and Daniel Becker... LASACT is an interactive light and sound-installation, where visitors are able to modify the visual appearance and sound patterns of a laser display, using a web application for their mobile device.
The installation uses a variety of state-of-the-
LASACT allows for fun, mesmerizing, harmonious lines to intertwine with each other, while visitors take control of the laser installation. Visitors can interact with the display on their own, but the real magic happens when they collaborate with others in the audience, to create beautifully projected effects that are the result of mutually coordinated input. All of this is possible using a wide-spread technology we commonly carry in our pockets - a smart phone.
In an interview with the BTF Artistic Team, they noted... “Nowadays brief moments of absence – induced and facilitated by the smart phone technology – are accepted even during face to face meet-ups. Despite being connected globally, members of today’s society escape the real world and dive into their own virtual bubbles. The LASACT installation conveys these aspects of communication, social relation and group dynamics.
LASACT was awarded the “AppArtAwards"
“LASACT emphasizes the collaborative creation; it is an artwork in constant progression, a creation which is created just now, only during the time of performance, and in a non -repeatable matter” says Chiara Passa, Artist and Member of the voting panel. The LASACT installation serves as a great example of how laser technology is pioneering the way for Interactive Entertainment Displays, presenting new and exciting opportunities for the laser entertainment industry as a whole.
A big thank you to Alexander Rechberg, David Murmann, Michael König, Adrian Rennertz, and Daniel Becker of BTF GmbH for their outstanding work in coordination with this installation.
A video of this installation is available online at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/
Technical Specifications for Future Installations:
Projection by 3.0W RGB LaserInstallations & Local Wifi
One Computer running:
* Local HTTP Server (receiving input of the mobile phones)
* Graphical Content Generation Engine
* PureData Setup for Sound-generation
* Laser input signal computation (Pangolin Laser Systems’ LD2000 software QM2000.NET hardware (and Software Development Kit)
All electronic and technical hardware required may be supplied by the artist.
Transportation is possible via plane or car.
To be Supplied by the Venue:
* Tripod or Rack for rigging of the laser projector at a minimum height of 2,5m (safety reasons)
* Power (at least 1,5 kW)
* Stereo speakers
* Internet connection
About Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc.
Since 1986, Pangolin has amassed over 30,000 clients in 63 countries firmly positioning themselves as the world leader; providing software and hardware solutions to the laser light show and entertainment industries. The company, with offices in the USA, Central Europe, and Mainland China, has received more than 25 awards for technical achievement and product quality, and their software has contributed to more than 411 Artistic Awards for its users. Pangolin has products being used by some of the largest events, companies, and brands currently known, including major theme parks such as Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Six Flags; major motion picture companies such as 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks pictures; high-tech companies such as PC Magazine, Boeing, and Lawrence Livermore Labs; popular brands such as Mountain Dew, T-Mobile, and Motorola; major sports teams and events such as the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Eagles, and Super Bowl XLIV; and top-named musical talent including Madonna, Drake, Usher, Metallica, Maroon 5, Kanye West and Jay-Z, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Jean Michel Jarre, Justin Timberlake and many others.
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