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Artists’ digital canvas features projectiondesign equipment

David Davies 31 August 2010
Artists’ digital canvas features projectiondesign equipment

Three projectiondesign F22 wuxga projectors have been incorporated into a cylindrical, interactive digital canvas in Leicester, UK. The projectors were supplied to project contractor Antycip Simulation (a subsidiary of ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems)) by UK distributor RGB Communications.

The installation – designed to form an interactive digital canvas for up-and-coming visual artists – is part of the DMU Cube initiative, a purpose-built exhibition space designed to showcase the most progressive developments in art and technology.

“The client wanted a system that was independent of the room environment, and which could be dismantled and reassembled within the show space when required,” said John Mould, commercial development manager, Antycip Simulation.  “We met this challenge by proposing a custom-built solution using three projectiondesign projectors that are automatically calibrated onto a wide field-of-view display screen, enabling the creation of a seamless image within minutes.”

At the heart of the system is a Mersive SOL server which allows a robot-mounted camera to automatically discover the display environment, and apply geometry and edge-blending calibrations directly to the Open GL-based software that ultimately delivers the visual scene once each artist has interacted with the digital canvas. The three projectiondesign units are installed on a custom truss suspended before the cylindrical screen.

Mould added: “We use projectiondesign for many of our projects because they offer a high level of performance and reliability, combined with the kind of simulation-specific features that we require to deliver a high-quality solution. For this particular project, we chose the F22 wuxga because it has a small form factor and a chassis that is easy to handle – ideal for a solution that may be created and dismantled several times a year by clients.”

Anders Lokke, international marketing & communications manager for projectiondesign, told IE: “It’s great for us to be part of this high-profile project where the customer clearly appreciates the unique imaging capabilities of our projectors. It’s the key denominator in why our projectors were selected over other solutions.”

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