Traps and Plays Interactive Projection

Wiess Energy Hall (2015 – 2017)

Overview

  • Adobe Air, Actionscript
  • Programmed an interactive to display different videos over a real-life stone model
  • Implemented a feature to allow real-time adjustment to the projection's location to fix alignment issues
  • Worked with 3D modelers, animators, and graphic designers

To get the projected video to align with the rock wall, I had to write code to align the video perfectly during deployment, adding a script that let me move the video around in real time with keyboard strokes.

In the end, the picture really does look like it’s part of the wall due to the short throw projector, and visitors are surprised to see motion on what seems to be a rock wall, often walking up to it and touching it out of curiosity.

Working for Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and Consulting on the Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, I developed an application that displays 3D animated videos on a fabricated rock wall that simulate depth and real motion.

A 22″ ELO touch monitor allows users to select a category and video of their choice to display on the rock wall.

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