Light Printing

October 21, 2018

Volumetric light deposition

Demonstrating that matter is not the only printable feedstock, Light Printing is a method to create light volumes in space. A robotic arm drives a light source via prescribed movements in front of a long-exposure camera, which records the scene as a volumetric light composition. This light painting technique can also be reversed, in which case the arm controls a camera that captures contextual illumination. Sensors capable of recording invisible radiation—such as magnetic fields, radio waves, or heat currents—can also be employed, enabling sophisticated real-time environmental scanning.

Contact: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mediated Matter Group, Cambridge, MA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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