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Wedding Cake Mapping | Video Projection Mapping | Spatial Augmented Reality
by, 01-14-2015 at 09:00 PM (12022 Views)
Recently there has been a lot of talk and searching for a new trend in the wedding industry called “Wedding Cake Mapping” or more commonly referred to as “Video Projection Mapping”. It isn’t a new concept but in light of Disney’s video of a wedding cake illuminated up with Tinkerbell, a moving horse drawn carriage and pixie dust shown onto a wedding cake, more and more brides are seeking to have this at their event.
Projection mapping or the original term “spatial augmented reality” refers to a projection technology used to project an object or objects, onto a display surface. Think of a video screen but on irregular shaped objects such as cars, people, buildings, boxes and wedding cakes.
With images shown onto an irregular media, common objects can be turned into 3D displays as opposed to watching them in 2D on a monitor. This media has been used for live concerts, theater, gaming, decoration and advertising. It can warp and wrap the image and create illusions that will captivate your guests, and you.
By using specialized software, a two or three dimensional object (cake) is mapped onto a virtual program which mimics the real object. The software is used to align and mask the area to be projected on to. In this manner the image projected will only appear on the media, (wedding cake) and not on the walls behind the image.
The images can be projected onto one or two sides of a square cake, or half of a round cake and on one or more tiers. A second projector would be required to cover the whole cake area. Animated images can appear to walk around the surface of the cake, climb the tiers, create a snow fall or any design that could be created.
Videos can be shown too such as in a bride and groom kissing, running, holding hands etc. Pictures can be assembled to create a photo montage shown upon the cake surface along with the newlyweds name, date of marriage or a clever quote like “They lived happily ever after.” The possibilities are almost endless and are left only to your imagination.
The downside to video projection mapping at a wedding is costly and time consuming in the preparation. It is stated to take several hours of preparation needed to photograph the item to be illuminated, create the code and build the mapping. If it isn’t done correctly the images will not align properly with the cake.
We are presently working on providing cake mapping as an option for our couples with advanced technology so that preparation time is greatly reduced. Additionally the need for a second table can possibly be eliminated based upon cake size. We will keep our couples up to date with projection mapping technology.