BIG (big.dk), Kollision (kollision.dk) and Schmidhuber + Partner (schmidhuber.de) teamed up to bringing BIG’s vision of future urban mobility to life for AUDI at Design Miami 2011, running from November 30th to December 4th adjacent to Art Basel Miami Beach. The 190 m2 three-dimensional LED surface provides a glimpse of the future of our cities where infrastructure and public space is shared between pedestrians and driverless cars. The installation demonstrates how the city surface continuously gathers information about people's movements allowing vehicles to interact with the environment. Kollision developed a real-time graphics engine and the tracking software, which receives live input from 11 Xbox Kinect cameras mounted above the visitors’ heads. Through the cameras the movement of the visitors are processed into patterns of movement displayed on the LED surface. The installation sets the stage for Audi's A2 concept, which had its U.S debut at the design fair and is dedicated to the future of urban mobility, and is capable of communicating with its environment. The exhibition car continuously emits arrows showing its path, navigating between visitors at the stand. BIG originally presented the concept as an entry for the 2010 AUDI Urban Future Award introducing a future city paved with a digital surface that liberates the streets from existing boundaries and allows for a new flexibility of public use.
PROCESS AND PRODUCTION
The tracking software was developed through a series of test installations in Germany and Denmark and has resulted in a flexible setup of multiple aligned Kinect camera spaces, which are processed and translated by the graphical engine running the visual content on the LED surface. The engine is based on a range of parameters that can output a wide range of visual expressions - from a precise vector-like look to a more fluid and playful content. Furthermore the arrow, which illustrates the future movement of the car is real-time calculated on basis of the tracking information of people's movements.
For more information see kollision.dk/en/urbanfuture
See also AUDI Paris 2012: vimeo.com/50611567
And AUDI Sphere: vimeo.com/46013888
See the following link for more media architecture projects from Kollision: vimeo.com/album/1809263