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    An interactive chalk mural that uses Augmented Reality to overlay digital animations on a hand-painted mural when scanned with a smartphone or ta… Read More
    An interactive chalk mural that uses Augmented Reality to overlay digital animations on a hand-painted mural when scanned with a smartphone or tablet running the Layar application. Read Less
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Lumenal Code painted this interactive chalk mural for Izakaya 2012, a celebration of Japanese Pub Culture held at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, Oregon on Friday, November 16th.
We activated the chalk mural using Layar. Scanning the seven panels of the mural brought them to life with an animated version of the story, our take on the classic monster vs. robot battles. At the beginning and end of the mural we had links to share the project on Twitter and Facebook, as well as a link to our website.
How We Did it:
Our process involved a couple days of concept sketching, where Dan and I bounced ideas back and forth and came up with the theme and layout for our mural. We also designed our two characters, the Samurai Robot and the Monster. Then we spent a day working from our sketches to create our final digital image. This image served as our base for the animations and the chalk mural.
We brought the digital illustration in After Effects and created all the animations in the days leading up to the event. The night before the event, we worked on site and projected the illustrations onto the chalkboard. We then traced the dominant shapes and did all our shading with the projectors off. It took us about ten hours on site to complete chalk up the mural.
Summary:
The event was a huge success: it sold out the day before and the reactions we got from visitors were incredible. People really enjoyed interacting with the mural and talking to us about the process and the technology. Visitors scanned the mural over1000 times that evening, we know this because Layar provides usage stats. Overall I am very impressed by Layar and will continue to use it in projects. I have a few exciting ideas already…