Barrier-Free VR Spectating:
Reserve Seat for the Future Stars
Stunning projections on a dome-shaped screen with a fisheye lens and a single projector
- Installed system:
- Projection Mapping
- Date of installation:
- July–August 2021
- Delivering a realistic experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to children unable to
- Creating impressive VR projections on a dome-shaped screen with a fisheye lens and just one projector for reduced installation adjustment time and fewer required units
Toward becoming one of the most innovative events in history
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is using various tools including VR, AR (augmented reality), robots, and other technologies to bring positive reform to the world and make Tokyo 2020 the most innovative Olympic and Paralympic Games in history.
Website of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: https://www.tokyo2020.jp/ja/index.html
Background of System Installation
VR projections bring competition venue images to life
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government proudly presented Barrier-Free VR Spectating: “Reserve Seat for the Future Stars”—a special event that gave children with limited mobility due to a disability or illness the opportunity to experience being an Olympic spectator. Panasonic participated as a technical collaborator for the event, which was held at five special needs schools in Tokyo. Virtual reality domes provided realistic experiences of the competitions, and the latest VR projection technology created special “views” otherwise only possible by physically going to the venue including images of the competitions as seen from spectator areas.
Reasons for System Installation
Stunning projections made possible with a fisheye lens
This event was designed to provide audiences with a simulated stadium VR experience created for group viewing by projecting images onto a dome-shaped screen. Whereas conventional setups would require multiple projectors and precise adjustment work to seamlessly blend the images together on the dome, this event required just one projector for projecting the VR images thanks to the fisheye lens. The result was a realistic virtual experience with significantly less time and effort needed for installation.
Effects Achieved by System Installation
Providing realistic projections across the entire dome