Tamschick Media + Space renowned for creating incredible installations approached Uberact to develop software for Panasonic’s showcase installation at IFA 2012, Europe’s biggest consumer electronic show.
The installation used 68 Panasonic plasma screens to display an ocean scene across all of them. iPads enabled the audience to interact with the installation by selecting sea creatures that would then swim from the iPad into the ocean.
We used vvvv to develop a networked application that was able to show a view of the ocean scene on each TV. Because the installation could be viewed from two sides, we had to mirror the system on to a second set of computers. For every screen we had one PC, and there were two servers. vvvv is designed for large scale networked installations, we used a set of networking tools to speed up the process of updating software.
We had a lot of technical issues that had to be overcome. 70 PCs was the largest vvvv application developed up until that point (that number has now been superseded by another project we were involved with for Microsoft at SXSW. When working with networked computers at events it is incredibly important to use a cabled networking (of course this is not always possible). For more information on creating large scale networked installations have a look here
Interactive audio was developed by Taucher Sound. When sea creatures swam across the sound they each made their own sound. Background noises such as bubbles and water movement made for an atmospheric environment. A great example of the audio work can be found here.
The installation was a great success with all of Panasonic’s VIPs giving their approval. Even the mayor of Berlin had a go!