Is Bot & Dolly’s “Box” the Future of Interactive Live Performances?

We’ve previously talked about Bot & Dolly using articulated robots to transform the job of the camera operator. We’ve also discussed the shots Bot & Dolly robots helped create for the movie Gravity. Filmed at their headquarters in San Francisco, California, Bot & Dolly released a short titled “Box”. The film shows one possible path for the future of live performances.

“Box” demonstrates what Bot & Dolly robots can do with projection mapping, software engineering, and very cool choreography. The company describes the short film as part technical demonstration and part artistic statement:

“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.

Projection mapping has been used on the sides of buildings before to great results. Combining projection with choreographed robots and a live actor takes it to another level. Much in the way Microsoft’s Illumiroom allows you to interact with games Bot & Dolly have created a technology that allows performers to take interact with film content.

**Update** Bot & Dolly was acquired in 2013 by Google.

Matt Scott is an experienced gamer, zombie survivalist, and lover of all things robot. He firmly believes that games are one of the ultimate ways to bring people together to learn, teach, and grow. You can follow him on Twitter

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