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Dark Ride at Expo Shanghai 2010

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2010 | Shanghai (CN)Aviation Pavilion

In 2010 Kraftwerk Living Technologies designed and installed the technology in the Aviation Pavilion, one of the highlights of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. In addition to a peek into the future of air transport, the pavilion also offered a presentation of the most advanced entertainment technologies.

As a pro for complex projections, Kraftwerk LT was the company responsible for the installation of a range of different 2D and 3D installations. The preshow show at the entrance to the pavilion presented visitors with a round projection onto an acrylic glass ceiling with a coated back, as well as a small panoramic projection. The Dark Ride vehicles are installed on induction loops to enhance optical illusions. The vehicles’ positions are precisely calculated to ensure optimal special effects like wind, rain, fog, scent. This greatly intensifies the visitors’ emotions.

“During the design and installation of the projections as well as the installation and programming of the special effects and sound system, we concentrated on stimulating all of our customers’ senses. Brilliant pictures, a perfect acoustic, and the implementation of special effects intensify the attraction and make the story of aviation and its future very exciting”, says Franz Moser, project manager at Kraftwerk LT. 3D projections and the 10-meter 2D tunnel projections create a virtual room and make the attraction even more realistic.

Kraftwerk LT used 12 high-quality projectors with 7,000 ANSI Lumen each for the tunnel projection. To counteract possible perspective distortions, we installed a special blending and warping software. At the 115 m2 panorama projection screen, six projectors with 10,000 ANSI Lumen each create brilliant pictures. Due to its 4.7-meter height and a visual field of more than 180°, the visitors feel totally immersed in the middle of the action.

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