Dimension Elevator

October 20, 2008
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Immersive video environment

Dimension Elevator is an immersive media environment that attempts to demonstrate the fluid transformation of a physical space via seamlessly projected video and audio. Four large rearprojection screens form a 13 x 13 x 9 3/4 foot (4 x 4 x 3 meter) room for up to forty people. Various holistic environments are realized via synchronized video projected onto the four walls and audio played on a four-channel surround-sound system.

The floor-to-ceiling high surfaces provide the images a relative-size context normally absent on traditional video surfaces, such as televisions and monitors—the images are life sized, and the scale is proportional to the viewer. This context is intended to transform the viewer’s role from a passive to an active one: the viewer explores the projected content by moving through and investigating the space, in the same way he or she would explore the physical environment.

The Dimension Elevator system can “replay” actual environments recorded using a 360-degree camera or display completely synthetic environments. Utilizing additional sensors or cameras, the room can also be made to react to the occupants.

Contact: Dandelion, Vancouver, BC.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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