A Panorama Of The Skies is an interactive art installation created for Microsoft Researcher by using their experimental projection technologies, RoomAlive Toolkit, to transform the experience of an ordinary conference room into an immersive experience of the ever-changing sky. The end goal was to elevate visitors’ emotional space.
The RoomAlive Toolkit system uses 5 projectors and 8 Kinect cameras to acquire a detailed map of the room, register the projectors and cameras into a single coordinate system, and enable real-time projection mapping in the immersive scene.
Their focus has been on the innovative application of audiovisual experience that engages perception, emotion, and imagination, and morphs experience of space. For this project, they transformed the experience of an otherwise normal conference a room, number 3315 in Microsoft’s Building 99, through the use of audiovisual content, with a multi-projector, multi-depth-camera framework called RoomAlive Toolkit.
The sound was created by Daniel Peterson, a doctorate student at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media with an emphasis on composition and 3D spatial sound using ambisonics. Using recordings of natural sounds, he has created an immersive soundscape that modulates between the real and the imaginary by the use of experimental 3D audio techniques to create diffuse soundfields.