Sony educates NYP students on projection mapping
SINGAPORE: Sony Asia Pacific recently partnered with Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) to provide the college’s third-year multimedia and infocomm technology (interactive media) students with the skills and knowhow to create interactive projection mapping content. A total of 45 students were introduced to software, projectors and media servers, and were also tasked with working on real-life simulated projects. Various structures resembling iconic Singapore buildings and objects such as the Capitol Theatre, ArtScience Museum, Raffles City Shopping Centre and National Museum of Singapore were created by Nanyang Polytechnic for the students to project their content on.
Sony provided VPL-FHZ55 laser projectors for usage during the course. Students were given six weeks to complete their work – from research and conceptualisation to set up. They participated in a projection mapping competition in 13 teams of three to four members with the students’ work was evaluated by a panel of five judges including Nanyang Polytechnic course lecturers and Sony representatives.
‘With the goal of making a positive impact in the lives of the communities in which we operate in, Sony is committed to cultivating the needs of our future generations,’ said Tadahiro Fukumoto, general manager of Visual Presentation Solutions at Professional Solutions Company, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific. ‘Projection mapping is a hot technology trend and we are proud to provide the students with the opportunity to learn, experience and showcase their interactive content using the 3LCD laser projector, VPL-FHZ55, in a real life simulated project. The project serves as a platform for them to learn useful and timely skills which they can apply immediately upon entering the workforce.’
The winning team developed projection mapping content for the F1 car structure, focusing on developing different car skins and effects, the theme of which was to highlight the arrival of the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore. The winning team was reportedly chosen as they demonstrated an understanding of projection mapping techniques and displayed creativity and strong storytelling in their projection mapping content.
‘We are ecstatic that we have emerged the champions,’ enthused said Sri Azryn Binte Abdullah, leader of the winning team from Nanyang Polytechnic. ‘We worked very hard for the last six weeks conducting research, fine tuning the concept, drawing the fabrications and developing the projection mapping content. We are very proud of our final work. The projection mapping module has definitely peaked our interest and fascination with projection mapping and allowed us to be skilled in an industry trend. In addition, the competition has certainly given us a valuable platform for us to showcase our work to a larger industry audience and acknowledged our hard work.’
‘Nanyang Polytechnic is committed to providing our students with a holistic education, which includes innovative and enterprising learning methods that will effectively prepare them for the workforce,’ offered Edward Ho, senior director, School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic. ‘Projection mapping has gained much popularity in the industry. By developing their skills in content development for large format projection, we are keeping them abreast with the latest developments in the industry. This has been a challenging yet beneficial learning process for our students. It was indeed very heartening to see our students showing a high level of enthusiasm leading up to the showcase.’