An audience fitted with i-Glasses! can see live actors onstage and projected images at the same time.
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Our most recent project was to advance the technology and techniques discovered during production of The Adding Machine. We utilized the projected computer graphic system developed for The Adding Machine, but further required that each audience member wear a unique head-mounted display (HMD). The HMD we chose to use was i-glasses! by Virtual i-O. Using i-glasses!, audiences were still able to see live actors on-stage and computer graphics projected onto rear projection screens. However, they were also presented with computer graphics and live video images projected within the HMD.
The use of HMDs by an audience in a fully mounted production was another
first for the VR On-Stage Project. The "see through" technology of i-glasses!
made it possible for the user to see through and around the built-in video
screens. Using these new non-immersive HMDs, the audience still maintained
a strong connection with the live actors. Furthermore, the communal nature
of the theatre experience was not lessened.
i-glasses! allowed us to present virtual-worlds, computer generated
objects and video images directly before the eyes of an audience. Symbolic
devices, realistic locals, expressionist images, or even close-ups of the
actors were superimposed over the view of the actors. The script chosen
for the experiment was Wings by Arthur Kopit. By equipping the audience
with i-glasses! we sought to devise an exciting and innovative method of
communicating the main character's chaotic state of mind as she suffers
a stroke and fights for recovery. We will be publishing detailed accounts
of the production in various journals. Keep looking here for updates.
This project is sponsored in part by The United States Institute for Theatre Technology