I got an email a little while ago from Mitja Prelovšek who runs the lighting website Enlighter. (Sorry I haven't posted this yet Mitja, I'm in just released software land!) Enlighter did a project recently with interactive product called Light Act, which is pretty cool — imagine tracking a person as they walk past a store front, and allowing the lighting to literally interact with them as they realize they're being entertained. Now that is what I call outstanding! I thought sticking a large pixellated box in front of a video display was pretty creative, this kinda just blew my mind and made me have a morning period of creativity!
Check this out:
From the video description:
Interactive LightBoxes is an interactive lighting installation using 1 reActor and 2 SmartView modules from LightAct system. These modules control 6 light boxes that through the interactivity draw people closer and invite them to interact and play with them. The message displayed on the light boxes gets across much more easily while the interactivity helps to save energy.
This is outstanding, and it's not really that complicated!
The system itself is a motion tracking-type system that has some extra translators for lighting protocols other than DMX (like DALI for architecture and any pulse-width modulation signal stuff for homes and buildings), along with a software suite that allows you to either write your own code or use the software to set up your "interactivity barriers" as we would call them. Check out a diagram of the system — opens up to 1024 pixels!
Awesome work, Mitja and the Enlighter crew! Thanks for letting us know about your project!