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This dance performance with real-time 3D facial projection mapping is mindblowing


3D mapping of objects isn’t a new thing. We’ve seen this on cameras like the Intel RealSense, or even smartphones. I’ve also seen projectors like the Epson, map mannequins and walls in 3D, then project on them. Of course, who can forget projecting artwork on the Sydney Opera House in real-time. Real-time 3D facial projection mapping though, is quite something else.

Artist Nobumichi Asai, the design studio WOW, and the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory embarked on a mind-blowing collaboration to blend performing arts and technology.

Called INORI (prayer), the dance performance uses real-time facial projection mapping to change the look of the dancers’ faces. In the one-minute video, the dancers transform into skulls, terrifying dolls and more.

The dancing duo is critically-acclaimed AyaBambi, who’ve appeared in Madonna’s star-studded video “Bitch I’m Madonna.”

The University of Tokyo designed a high-speed projector that projects 1,000fps, claimed to be the world’s fastest. The projector is used alongside a 3D-mapping system and precise sensor tracking.

The results are amazing.

Watch the final performance below.

Source: The Verge

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