Pixelux Studio, a french motion graphics company, has come up with quite an ambitious but amazing looking project. The Magic Cube is a giant display which is powered by 28 bicycles positioned around the cube. The display changes the more riders you have, eventually hitting a level of pure white if all 28 bikes are rode at their full speed.
The effect is pretty incredible, especially once you consider the scale of the displays. It’s also pretty great that you have to collaborate with others to get the final effect, the statue of Louis XIV lighting up and a spray of fireworks.
Each bicycle supply a digitized signal that is stream to the main application. Everything is done with Touch Designer: Graphics, animation, particle and physics, shading glsl, rendering, programming, light control (dmx), sound modulation (a bridge with Ableton Live). The main challenge was to render generative and 360° seamless graphic texture. Bike’s data flow is processed individuality and as a group to modulate different generator, creating different levels of graphics, set according the main timeline. A sequence of 240s that drive the rise of the energy until the climax. The cube becomes pure energy, lighting up the statue (Louis XIV) and a burst of fireworks to reward our riders.
Anyone seen this in real life?