The Microsoft Gallery Lounge is an authentic user experience showcasing the evolution of a traditional event space into a new media “event” lounge. The physical element paired with interactive digital media effectively created a bespoke, permanent brand activation space.
The “Lounge” begins with an entrance area where attendees embark upon Momentum, a robotic sculpture controlled by a Surface tablet and spans a 30ft x 9ft-long footprint. Inspired by the Microsoft logo, it is made up of 80 actuators, 160 custom milled wooden tiles, and 10 micro-controllers. Momentum moves when it senses human motion. The eye-catching LED-lit wooden facade illuminates with wave-like movement. The team also designed a vivid, 45-foot-wide, 9-ft-high projection mapped wall. The wall served several purposes: to display content, use motion and depth for interaction, and to display triggered animation sequences. Sensors were placed in the lounge so that when a visitor's motion is tracked past certain points the system would cue specific animated sequences. As they traverse the lounge they see their movements interacting and affecting light and visuals. The result is a hybrid of design, digital media, interaction and art installation in the built environment, while also giving participants a special, sharable opportunity with Microsoft technology.
*The video is a WIP sneak peek before official release to the public in 2017.
Learn more: news.microsoft.com/features/microsoft-lounge-l-live-new-technological-vision-blends-hollywoods-past-present/#BjyhWofQfLpQwpFs.97
Creative Director: Kamil Nawratil
Technical Direction/Touch Designer Development: Kamil Nawratil
Touch Designer Development and Kinect Integration: Javier Cruz
Technical Drawings for Momentum the Kinetic Sculpture: Miron Nawratil
Lead Physical Computing and Fabrication: Zyia Zhang
Electrical Engineering: Bill Bowen
Physical Computing and Fabrication Assistant: Jason Rabie
Fabrication: Hannah Fink
TouchDesigner Effects on Digital Mosaic Mural: Vincent Houze
Touch Designer Effects on Form Projection: Shuvashis Das
Physical Computing Assistant: Danara Sarioglu
Momentum Documentary Video: NORTH + NOMAD