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Westside
Volker Kuchelmeister, 2012

A site-specific photographic installation

Developed for Desert Equinox Exhibition, Broken Hill, Australia.

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Transmutation
Volker Kuchelmeister, 2012

Experimental stereoscopic 3D short film data visualisation

In this experimental data-visualisation a transient landscape of a shoreline in Indonesia is modified based on climate data recorded between 1993 and 2011..

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Hong Kong Skydrive
Volker Kuchelmeister, 2011

Experimental stereoscopic 3D short film

Hong Kong Skydrive challenges human perception by transforming images of a transient landscape into abstract shapes and movement into depth. Form, time and stereoscopic depth become variable properties in this visualisation.

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William Forsythe. Improvisation Technologies
Volker Kuchelmeister, Chris Ziegler, Nick Haffner, 1994-2011

Interactive installation, interactive CD-ROM and dance film

The multi award-winning work Improvisation Technologies, a collaboration with William Forsythe, artistic director of the Frankfurt Ballet from 1984-2004, is considered a reference project amongst dance professionals, dance conservatories and educators. The project was published, now in its 3rd edition (Oct 2011), as Book with interactive CD-ROM by ZKM Karlsruhe and publisher Hate & Cantz and exhibited more then 90 times around the world. In 2011 the Forsythe Company commissioned Kuchelmeister and Ziegler to create the revised version Lectures from Improvisation Technologies, which is currently (as of October 2011) exhibited at the Centre Pompidou Paris and the Institute of
Contemporary Art Boston.

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Juxtapositions
Stereoscopic Panoramic Installation, 2011

Stereoscopic 3D panoramas, captured in the Tasmanian wilderness are juxtaposed with scenes of extreme urban development in Hong Kong. The contact points are shaped as seamless transitions, disclosing unusual perspectives between both extremes. The work consist of a 80k pixel wide stereoscopic panorama constructed from 21 separate scenes and on location sound recordings.

Volker Kuchelmeister. UNSW.

Concept,design, development

3D User Interface for Spherical and Fisheye Representations
Prototype, 2011

The Sphere Player is a flexible framework to navigate in and display wide field of view video recordings such as 180 degree fisheye or 360 degree spherical. It consists of a dynamic on-screen selection page and a user interface. The user can can zoom and freely navigate within the video by changing his point of view.

Volker Kuchelmeister in collaboration with J.Shaw, City University Hong Kong.

Concept,design, development

Deconstructing Double District II
Research project - visualisation and image processing, 2010

This work explores interactive stereoscopic 3D scanline visualisation applied to a dancer's body in motion. The result is a ever evolving abstract shape or form controlled by a simple user interface. Visualisation is done in realtime and stereoscopic 3D.

Volker Kuchelmeister. UNSW.

Concept,design, development

Fragmentation with Robert Lepage
Multi channel stereoscopic video installation, 2011

Lipsynch (2007) is a theatre play by director Robert Lepage with a multi layered narrative structure. A single scene, 12 minutes long, was chosen to create a stereoscopic multi-perspective video installation for the RE-ACTOR environment. Multi-perspective visualisation constitutes a novel method of documenting the entireness of an event, by recording from multiple points of view. In combination with stereoscopic imaging, it captures two modalities of three-dimensional representation, perspective and depth. These modalities are then applied for display in a hexagonal stereoscopic multi-screen projection environment, the RE-ACTOR platform.

Frédérike Bédard, Carlos Belda, Rebecca Blankenship, Lise Castonguay, John Cobb, Nuria Garcia, Sarah Kemp, Robert Lepage, Volker Kuchelmeister, Rick Miller, Hans Piesbergen. Epidemic Paris, UNSW, iCinema Centre, City University Hong Kong.

Co-author, Technical Coordinator, Cinematographer, Post Processing, Stereographer


Stereoscopic Previsualisation workflow
Software and image processing workflow, 2010

A custom stereoscopic export plug-in for the popular 3D modelling application Google Sketchup and a flexible stereoscopic format conversion and display engine, allows for stereoscopic pre-visualisation in near real-time in a format of choice.

Volker Kuchelmeister. UNSW, iCinema Centre.

Concept,design, development

Google Streetview in the iDome
Installation prototype, 2010

Application to view and interact with Google Streetview panoramas in the iDome immersive projection environment, controlled by an iPhone interface.

Volker Kuchelmeister. UNSW, iCinema.

Concept,design, development

Stereoscopic software tools

High-quality real-time anaglyphic plugin for Adobe After Effects

Stereoscopic Conversion/Display patch for Quartz Composer

Research project, Software development, 2009/10


Stereographic/3D Rig for Prosumer Camcorders

2009

Volker Kuchelmeister

Concept, design, production

Stereographic spherical panoramas at the LHC at CERN Geneva
The biggest experiment of all time, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva
2009

Volker Kuchelmeister, Chris Henschke

Photography, image processing

artintact revisited
Museum Display, Interactive installation, 2009

For major exhibition imagingMedia@ZKM, ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe [D]

Concept, realistaion

Panoramic Navigator revisited
Museum Display, Interactive installation, 2009

For major exhibition imagingMedia@ZKM, ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe [D]

Volker Kuchelmeister

Concept, realisation


Exhibition Database Front-end
Museum Display, Interactive installation, 2009

For major exhibition imagingMedia@ZKM, ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe [D]

Volker Kuchelmeister

Concept, design

Stereoscopic multi-perspective capture and volumetric scene reconstruction.
Research project, interactive visualisation, 2009

This project combines multi-perspective stereoscopic video capture with volumetric scene reconstruction to demonstrate a novel method of documenting dance. The process of deconstruction and subsequent remodelling of the dancer's body in motion results in a fragmentation of the body into discrete volumes that are visualised within a computer graphic application. The fidelity and high level of detail in the video imagery is augmented and completed with the 3D voxel representation. By doing so it is possible to bypass the point-of-view restriction of traditional video/film recording, space and linear time become variable properties and multi-dimensional visualisation becomes reality. This process is utilised to create an abstract representation and depiction of the dance performance in form of a real-time 3D interactive installation and a filmic work.

Double District with Saburo Teshigawara
Stereographic multi-channel Dance Video Installation, 2008

Volker Kuchelmeister, Saburo Teshigawara
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], epidemic [F]

Exhibitions: Premiere at eArts festival Shanghai, October 08. 2008, Le Volcan Numerique Le Havre France, June 2009

Technical Coordinator, Cinematographer, Post Processing, stereo calibration

BackOBourke Exhibition Centre iDome installation
Museum Display, Interactive Immersive Installation, 2008

immersive interactive video installation featuring an historic journey along the Darling River in the outback NSW

Volker Kuchelmeister, Ardrian Harjano, Jeffrey Shaw
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], Spinifex Interactive [AU], Bourke Shire Council [AU]
Exhibitions: BackOBourke Exhibition Centre since may 09

Concept, Technical Realisation, Interface Design, Cinematography

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T_Visionarium, length: 8:43
T_Visionarium
Interactive 3D 360° Immersive Installation, 2008

T_Visionarium was created for the Advanced Interaction and Visualization Environment (AVIE), and it offers the means to capture and re-present televisual information, allowing viewers to explore and actively edit a multitude of stories in three dimensions.
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Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Matthew McGinity, Jeffrey Shaw, Volker Kuchelmeister
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU]
Exhibitions: University of New South Wales Sydney 2005, eArts Festival: eLandscapes Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Shanghai 2008, BIACS3 Biennale de Arte Contemporáneo de Seville Alhambra Granada 2008, Sydney Festival 2008 Scientia Building, University of New South Wales Sydney

Project Coordinator

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Unmakeable Love, length: 1:34
Unmakeable Love
Interactive 3D 360° Immersive Installation, 2008

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Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine

Exhibitions: eArts Festival: eLandscapes Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Shanghai 2008

Physical interface hardware, electronics Interface

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the recording at the Wooster studio in NYC.
video
There is still time .. brother, length: 6:37
There is still time .. brother. The Wooster Group
Interactive 360° Immersive Video Installation, 2007

Interactive immersive 360º theatrical video installation, featuring a performance by The Wooster Group, Directed by Elisabeth LeCompte
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Elisabeth LeCompte, Jeffrey Shaw, Bernd Lintermann, Johannes Goebel, Kathleen Forde, Volker Kuchelmeister
EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [USA], University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], ZKM Karlsruhe [D]
Exhibitions: Panorama Festival ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe 2007, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) New York 2008

Technical Coordinator recording, Cinematographer, Post processing

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Mining VR, length: 4:23
Mining VR Training Simulation
Interactive 3D 360° Immersive Installation, 2007

The development of immensely realistic Virtual Reality underground and surface mining environments resulting from a unique inter-disciplinary collaboration at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has generated multi-million dollar sales and attracted intense interest across the mining sector.
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McGinhity, Kuchelmeister, Hardjano, Shaw, Del Favero, Compton, Pagnucco, Stothardt
University of New South Wales, iCinema Centre, School for Mining Engineering
Exhibitions: The technology is being deployed initially at Argenton (Newcastle), Woonoona (Wollongong), Lithgow and Singleton.

Design/implementation of Interaction Consoles and iDome environment

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Place Hampi, length: 7:09
Place Hampi
Interactive 360° Immersive Video Installation, 2006

Place-Hampi is a vibrant theatre for embodied participation in the drama of Hindu mythology set into a real-world landscape. PLACE-Hampi provides the setting for a stereographic virtual landscape, populated by sixteen cylinders enclosing a constellation of cinematic events in which the audience can participate, traverse and examine at will.
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Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], Museum Victoria
Exhibitions: Lille3000: Lille 2006 Bombaysers de Lille Lille, IDM Jamboree Singapore Science Centre 2007, From Spark to Pixel Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin 2007, Panorama Festival ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe 2007, Immigration Museum Melbourne 2008, eArts Festival: eLandscapes Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Shanghai 2008

Chief Investigator ARC Linkage Grant

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early concept sketch. a giant trackball as interface
video
Conversations @ the Studio, length: 3:08
Conversations @ the Studio
Interactive Immersive Installation, 2005

Conversations@the Studio presents an innovative mixed-reality narrative model of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Decorative Arts collection within a uniquely designed Intelligent Interactive Information Environment. It takes the natural navigation of a real world situation – a contemporary Glass Studio - as its point of departure, using this as a framework for organizing a set of narrative formations that further elaborate the thematics of the collection. By visualising a 360 degree global video recording, made on location at the Glass Studio, it provides the telepresent experience of an actual visit to the Studio, giving full interactive freedom to the viewer's gaze.
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Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Neil Brown, Volker Kuchelmeister, Joachim Tesch, Nikos Papastergiadis, Scott McQuire, Andy Arthurs, Sarah Kenderdine, Kevin Sumption, Grace Cochrane
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], Powerhouse Museum Sydney [AU]
Exhibitions: Permanent exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Design across Time Exhibition

Chief Investigator, Concept and Production and Technical Coordinator

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3 and 4m iDome versions
video
iDome, length: 1:41
iDome Immersive Visualization Environment
Immersive Projection Environment, 2004-ongoing

The iDome utilizes a three meter fiberglass dome as the surface for 180 degree projection made possible by a high-resolution projector and a spherical mirror as reflection surface
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Volker Kuchelmeister
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU]
Exhibitions: Permanent at iCinema Scientia Facility, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, BackoBourke Exhibition Centre, University of Western Australia and four VR Mining training sites across NSW [AU]

Production, Design and Technical Coordinator

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spherecam, omnidirectional ultra high resolution camera cluster
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Spherecam, length: 3:01
Spherecam
Omni directional Capture System, 2004-ongoing

240 x 360 degree digital ultra high resolution video camera for interactive immersive visualisation research applications
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Volker Kuchelmeister,
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU]
Exhibitions: Used for Sydney Journey, The Wooster Group project, Double District

Technical lead, Production, Design and Technical Coordinator

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early concept sketch
video
AVIE Advanced Visualistaion and Interaction Environment, length: 4:29
AVIE Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment
Interactive 3D 360° Immersive Environment, 2004-ongoing

AVIE consists of a 360 degree stereoscopic immersive interactive visualisation environment with motion and shape tracking systems and a multi-channel audio system. It is a set of state-of-the-art resources that enables the development and study of applications in the fields of immersive visualisation, immersive sonification, and human interaction design.
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Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Matthew McGinity, Volker Kuchelmeister, Ardrian Harjano, Jared Berghold
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU]
Exhibitions: Permanent at iCinema Scientia Facility and four VR Mining training sites across NSW [AU]

Production Coordination and Management

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TVisionarium I, length: 2:54
T_Visionarium I
Interactive 3D 360° Immersive Installation, 2004

T_Visionarium I is an interactive immersive virtual environment set within a Dome, twelve meters in diameter and nine meters high, made of inflatable fabric and articulated to a satellite reception, recording and database system. It allows viewers to spatially navigate a televisual database and apply a recombinatory search matrix to create emergent narratives from the database's network of digital streams.
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Jeffrey Shaw, Dennis Del Favero, Matthew McGinity, Jeffrey Shaw, Volker Kuchelmeister, Bernd Lintermann
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], ZKM Karlsruhe [D]
Exhibitions: Lille3000: Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture Lille 2004, La Rivoluzione Algoritmica Casa dell'Architettura Rome 2006

Project Coordinator

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diagram of the installation at the powerhouse museum sydney. three pods, interconnected
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Conversations, length: 19:48
Conversations
Interactive 3D VR Immersive Video Installation, 2002

Conversations is an experimental Distributed Multi-User Virtual Environment forming the central focus of an Australian Research Council funded study investigating the reformulation of narrative within digital cinema. It offers viewers an immersive multi-modal interactive narrative experience dealing with the events leading up to the escape, recapture, trial and hanging of Ronald Ryan at Pentridge Prison, Melbourne in 1967, the last person publicly executed in Australia.
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Dennis Del Favero, Ross Gibson, Ian Howard, Jeffrey Shaw, Volker Kuchelmeister, Mat McGinithy
University of New South Wales iCinema Research Centre [AU], University of Sydney [AU], Powerhouse Museum Sydney [AU]
Exhibitions: Powerhouse Museum Sydney 2002

Production and technical Coordinator

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(dis)Locations , length: 8:47
Their Things Spoken
Exhibition and DVD-ROM Publication, 2001

The contributors to this archive are museum visitors who responded to an invitation to bring their favorite objects with them and tell a story about its personal significance. These objects were digitized, the stories recorded, and photos were taken of each person holding their object. In the interactive artwork these elements together become an image, sound, and text archive, which are respectively presented on the screen within three interrelated windows. The user can choose one or other of these elements to navigate through and across the entries and in this way explore an emergent matrix of collective memories.
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Agnes Hegedüs
ZKM Karlsruhe
Exhibitions: Future Cinema ZKM 2002, Surrogate ZKM 1998

Production management, Programming and interface design

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Panoramic Navigator, consisting of touch screen, camera and base with rotation encoder. It can rotate freely on its base.
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Panoramic Navigator, length: 7:49
Panoramic Navigator
Augmented Reality Information System, 1997

The Panoramic Navigator is a uniquely new interactive multimedia information terminal that embodies patented augmented reality technologies. It allows the general public to intuitively orientate themselves in large spaces and quickly access information concerning selected features of those spaces. Rotating the Panoramic Navigator presents a complete 360 degree real time video view of the surrounding environment and points out and elucidates areas or objects of special interest via its touch screen and computer generated visual display.

Volker Kuchelmeister, Jeffrey Shaw
ZKM Karlsruhe [D]
Exhibitions: ZKM Karlsruhe 1997, i3 Conference 1998, EXPO 2000 Hannover

Production, technical Coordinator and Interface Design

ZKM Information Terminals
Information Terminals, 1997

Three networked terminals in the ZKM shop allows visitors access to the large artists/works database of the ZKM and introduces them to the ZKM Institutes and spacial distribution in the building

Volker Kuchelmeister
ZKM Karlsruhe [D]
Exhibitions: ZKM Karlsruhe

Production, technical Coordinator and Interface Design


The Panoramic Navigator in situ ate the ZKM Karsruhe foyer
The Panoramic Navigator in situ ate the ZKM Karsruhe foyer
close up camera
The Panoramic Navigator in situ ate the ZKM Karsruhe foyer
The Panoramic Navigator in situ ate the ZKM Karsruhe foyer
The Panoramic Navigator in situ ate the ZKM Karsruhe foyer
illustration of augmented reality functionality and rotation of the device
illustration of augmented reality functionality
active areas within the foyer space
structure of application
live augmented view
the 3D model does rotate together with the Panoramic Navigator
close up and more information
cityscape view. virtual panorama on the roof of the ZKM. Rotates with the device.
technical sketch
four colors and heights
the recording at the Wooster studio in NYC. microphone cluster above the camera
the recording at the Wooster studio in NYC.
the recording at the Wooster studio in NYC. the spherecam is in the centre of a circular table, all lights come from the center as well.
the recording at the Wooster studio in NYC.
early concept sketch
spherecam sketch, explaining parallax problems
simulation of set up
bumping in
shoot with the Wooster Group, NYC. camera cluster, microphone
close up
close up
microphone cluster (EMPAC)
recording computers
There is still time .. brother still frame
There is still time .. brother still frame
model of installation
model of installation
premiere at the ZKM KArlsruhe, 2008
premiere at the ZKM KArlsruhe, 2008
recording racks
concept sketch
possible configuration of the cluster
spherical configuration
panoramic configuration
spherical configuration with fisheye lens
custom built spherecam controller. Acts as a sync device for multiple cameras, controls exposure, frame rate and counts frames.
recording rack
spherecam microphone, 12 channel ambisonic
lens calibration
calibration, panoramic. 8 cameras
panoramic still
calibration, panoramic, 12 cameras
concept sketch calibration, panoramic
calibration, spherical
still, spherical
concept sketch calibration, spherical
spherical test
concept sketch calibration, partial spherical
spherical test. the lenses do not cover 180 degree vertical.
spherical still. fisheye lend used for top camera
parallax and calibration set
shoot at bondi beach, sydney
shoot at bondi beach, sydney
shoot at bondi beach, still
shoot with the Wooster Group, NYC. camera cluster, microphone
There is still time .. brother still frame
Double District shoot with Saburo Teshigawara. the set up, consisting of a 4m diameter circular stage, 6 stereo camera pairs, microphones and a lot of lights
detail stereo camera pair
simultaneous multiple points of view (stereographic)
shoot at at a skate park in sydney
skate park still
future testing, a Catadioptric system
pod with equipment and VR goggles
archive room
a mockup showing the different narrative layers
pentridge and ghost world
an avatar
visitor interacts with another visitors avatar (mockup)
visitor interacts with another visitors avatar and ghosts (mockup)
avatar and ghosts (screen grab)
the ghost of ryans father
the prosecutor ghost
the judge
green screen shoot
green screen shoot
green screen shoot
green screen shoot
main menu
theory menu. all interface elements are derived from the content.
theory example, imagine lines in space. the video is superimposed with computer graphic.
theory example laban model
theory example, dragging points. the video is superimposed with computer graphic.
theory example, drawing. the video is superimposed with computer graphic.
performance section Loss of small detail. three points of view on the stage are available. More information on particular solos or combos can be accessed through the links on the bottom on the screen.
performance section Loss of small detail. three points of view on the stage are available. More information on particular solos or combos can be accessed through the links on the bottom on the screen.
performance section Loss of small detail. three points of view on the stage are available. More information on particular solos or combos can be accessed through the links on the bottom on the screen.
studio and stage rehearsal footage in chronological order
studio and stage rehearsal footage in chronological order
studio and stage rehearsal footage in chronological order
Improvisation Technologies Installation 1995. structure with performance and theory sections. this version was/is used by dancers in the ballet frankfurt (under bill forsythe).
Improvisation Technologies main menu. theory chapters around the clock, the clock is an element from the performance Self meant to Govern
theory video rotation inscriptions . one out of 120.
stage example rotating inscriptions
rehearsal example rotating inscriptions
rotating inscriptions in the context of the performance
four points of views are available, the user can interactively switch between them
four points of views are available, the user can interactively switch between them
Improvisation Technologies CD-ROM structure. main menu, theory, demonstration and solo
packaging with booklet
title screen
main menu
main menu
main menu
main menu
theory screen
access through list menu
demonstration screen
demonstration screen
demonstration screen
bill forsythe solo performance
help screen
assembly 3m version. consits of six wedge shape fiber-glass segments
assembly 3m version. consits of six wedge shape fiber-glass segments
3m iDome
assembly 3m version. consits of 17 fiber-glass segments. three shapes
assembly 3m version. consits of 17 fiber-glass segments. three shapes
assembly 3m version. consits of 17 fiber-glass segments. three shapes
assembly 3m version. consits of 17 fiber-glass segments. three shapes
surface finish
4m iDome
3m iDome
two projection systems. a special fisheye lens mounted on the projector. disatvantages are high cost and the lens must be positioned in the center (left). a better approach, using a spherical mirror and the projector behind the dome. the image reflects off the mirror, filling the dome. images do have to be warped to correct for optical properties.
elumens fish eye lens
fish eye console
model of actual installation
mirror projection approach
mirror projection approach
mirror projection approach
fisheye polar grid
warped version for mirror projection
equirectangualr panorama
warped for mirror projection
iDome
iDome
iDome
iDome
iDome
iDome
iDome
iDome
iDome console
rendering
AVIE in situ at iCinema
AVIE in situ at iCinema
AVIE in situ at iCinema
projection system. six stereo pairs
projection system. six stereo pairs
AVIE tracking system. voxel model
AVIE tracking system. voxel model
AVIE tracking system. voxel model
AVIE tracking system. voxel model
AVIE tracking system. voxel model and avatars
AVIE tracking system. voxel model and avatars
AVIE tracking system. voxel model and avatars
finger tracking
finger tracking
finger tracking
AVIE calibration software
AVIE calibration software
AVIE calibration software
Sydney Journey 360 movie in AVIE
Hampi panorama in AVIE
Hampi panorama in AVIE
T_Visionarium in AVIE
T_Visionarium in AVIE
Mining VR application in AVIE
Mining VR application in AVIE
Mining VR application in AVIE
Eavesdrop in AVIE model
Wooster in AVIE model
alternative console
model of actual installation
shoot at a glass blowing studio in Sydney (Edols and Elliot). The ladybug camera in the centre.
spatial sound recording microphones
recording equipment
shoot at a glass blowing studio in Sydney (Edols and Elliot). The ladybug camera in the centre.
shoot at a glass blowing studio in Sydney (Edols and Elliot). The ladybug camera in the centre.
object capture on a turn table
object capture on a turn table
object capture on a turn table
equirectangualr panorama
polar version
warped for mirror projection
console design
Installation at the Power House Museum Sydney
Installation at the Power House Museum Sydney
time-space diagram for hotspot location
BackOBourke Exhibition Centre, Outback NSW Australia
BackOBourke Exhibition Centre, Outback NSW Australia
iDome Installation
iDome Installation
Close up interface
iDome Installation
Equipment
iDome calibration