Project 3: ArchiMapper

Due to the recent increase in architectural mapping projection projects, I was thinking a device that would aid artists in the process of executing these kinds of projects would be quite interesting. Thus, I imagine that in the future, engineers will work on a new device that would help artists execute their works in a simpler manner. Introducing the all new ArchiMapper, a device with built in cameras for panoramic stitching and reading, duo projectors, as well as a detachable touch-screen remote control which is made of a solar-power panel used for recharging the device. This easy-to-learn machine makes the art of architectural mapping projections possible for artists new to the practice.

How the ArchiMappier works:

Architectural Mapping Projecting is a new method of integrating the traditions of visual arts with our modern day usage of technology. Artists take measurements of a certain object they wish to project a composition onto and create moving image files that are to be illuminated onto said surface. An increasingly popular activity, artists have been using this technique to create large-scale installations on exteriors of public buildings. Once the initial measurements and video details have been calculated, the videos that are projected are to fit perfectly around the edges of the buildings. Evidently, although the results of these projects are quite spectacular, they are nonetheless very time-consuming as well.

Thus, the new ArchiMapper device was invented. Once powered up, the double doors on the front, which act as cover protection, automatically slide open to reveal three cameras and two projector heads. The cameras will take a photograph of the location set before it and stitch them together to create a semi-panoramic view. Users are able to control the angle the cameras take the image at, its focus, and will be given automatic calculations and outline tracings of objects with clear contours. From

there, users will select which outlined objects they wish to have the projectors shine videos onto, and can either insert their own USB devices into the machine and select files they wish to project or choose predefined patterns that come with the machine (the same procedure is done for sound).

When all the settings have been dealt with, the machine will send signals to the pair of heads which would begin projecting visuals. The projector heads are attached to flexible wire tubes that can bend, and thus, create more interesting and dynamic projections.

The projector, measuring around 3.0’L x 2.3’W x 7.5”H, has a long battery life of 10 hours so artists are able to use the device for long intervals before having to recharge it. The touch-screen control on the back of the machine is detachable for easier usage and is also made of a solar panel that charges the device when attached. Although the pair of projector heads seem to be quite small, they work on 9600 lumens, meaning users are still able to clearly cast projections onto buildings a block away.

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Here is a link to the poster indicating the specs of the device including diagrams, close-up images, 360 angles of the device, and images of the working machine in context: Archimapper

Furthermore, I have designed a manual for using the remote control attached to the back of the device. To stick with a consistent design following the turquoise colour scheme, and for marketing purposes as well, I have included instructions in four different languages: English, French, Japanese, and Korean. Here is a link to the instructions manual: Manual

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Below is an animation of the device with rotations and full 360 degree views. This video will show the device closed and open, with captions and labels of its functions and sizes. As well, viewers will be able to see the device in action projecting onto the exterior of a building and an example of the sort of distances the projector is able handle:

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~ by omejelee on February 13, 2011.

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