credit: Tom Mesic
At the Japanese telecommunication giant NTT’s 2018 R&D Forum in Tokyo, the demo Swarm Arena made use of seven LED-display equipped ground bots an five quadcopters with single LED emitters for a choreographed showcase of a novel display methodology for artistic expression, with special focus on sports events. Displays on floor and in the air are used in correlation for a seamlessly interconnected experience of augmented sports environments. In order to sketch a future vision and illustrate the potential of the idea, the demo was combined with a stereoscopic display at a projection wall in the back of the stage, for extending the environment though a portal into virtual space, illustrating potential from large scale swarms of bots and drones. The project is a cooperation with the NTT Service and Evolution Laboratories and has since been at display at the Ars Electronica Festival 2018, and in an enhanced incarnation at the Miraikan, Tokyo, as well as the Ars Electronica Festival 2019.
Context: NTT R&D Forum 2018, Tokyo
Contribution: programming of graphics, networking, simulation, on-site setup, bot and drone maintenance, research on sensor fusion methods, optical and RF based tracking
Credits: Ars Electronica Futurelab, NTT Service and Evolution Laboratories