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Mind: BLOWN

Sunday, April 15, 2012

You guys have probably seen videos online of projection-mapping technology that allows places like Disney to project virtual reality light shows on to physical structures. The new Magic Kingdom show "The Magic, The Memories, and You" uses this to spectacular effect on the castle - so much so that I actually like it better than the fireworks now. (Hit the link to watch the show on Youtube.)

In fact, the MK show recently added the lantern scene from Tangled, and it makes me positively weepy every time I see it, it's just so stinkin' beautiful. [girly sigh] (And here's just the Tangled update, if you haven't seen it.)

Anyway, I just stumbled across a Samsung commercial over on LikeCool (another great site for procrastinating) that uses that same technology on a human face, and my mind is completely blown.

Before you watch, keep in mind that the model's eyes are actually CLOSED the entire time, and his skin is painted white. So everything you see - the expressions, the blinking, the clothing - everything - is a projection. SO COOL.

Hope you guys find it as fascinating as I do:




Ain't living in the future grand? :)

Posted by Jen at 11:57 PM Labels: ,

23 comments:

  1. Um yeah...mind=BLOWN! That was so cool!

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  2. That makes me think of the mannequins in the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Lower tech but still pretty amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRBDzPV04EI

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  3. That...was amazing! The only *slightly* creepy part was the cube chunk out the forehead thing...

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  4. OMGsh that is freekin amazeballs!

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  5. Duran Duran do this at their show... above the stage they have a set of white face shapes and they project images and themselves on them while singing. Also, they have a song called "The Man Who Stole A Leopard" and they project their backup singer on them and throughout the song, she slowly morphs into a leopard. It's pretty cool. As is the commercial.

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  6. Totally trippy! I really liked it! I've always enjoyed projection screen stuff. I think it's been around since the 80s, but I like how technology has changed and expanded on it.

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  7. At 1:41, they show him in a close up from the side, and his eyes are open then, aren't they?

    It is pretty awesome.

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  8. What is wrong with me? I watched it, and said, "The phone doesn't do any of that, so what's your point, Samsung?"

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  9. Just been watching the disney show that you linked to... I am so jealous of the two of you living so close! (I'm in the UK)

    Can I visit Florida and stay with you guys?!

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  10. I visited a few museums in and around Glasgow, Scotland a few years ago and all of the mannequins at these historic places had blank faces with projections like this pointed at them. It was both amazing and terrifying at the same time!

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  11. Even more than photoshop this is proof that you can believe nothing of what you see in print or on video. Cool, but kind a scary too.

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  12. I could never do that because I'd get the chronic giggles.

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  13. I wonder what the criteria was for casting the right person for this add? (Like, were they looking for someone with a wide forhead or smooth skin so the projection would work better?)

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  14. This company do projection mapping as a job. They have some very cool projects on there, if you're interested in more applications of projection mapping.

    I'm waiting for someone to use it to recreate a holodeck-like environment for me.

    Seriously, someone needs to get on that.

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  15. I'll be in Disney World in a little over a week (for Disney Social Media Moms Celebration). I've *got* to see this first hand.

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  16. The Tangled clip made me cry, too!

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  17. At the risk of sounding like an ad...
    If you liked the lantern scene in Tangled, I think you will like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0LiJmSX2fs&feature=player_embedded\

    Real life version! (almost)

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  18. You have probably seen the 600th anniversary of Prague's astronomical clock, but if not, you will love it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjWJHEmFfPA

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