Tunnel Projection for Coaster at SeaWorld San Diego

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2012 | San Diego (US)Tunnel Projection - Manta Coaster

What could be Kraftwerk Living Technologies’ contribution to a roller coaster? In this case it is the so-called “launch station” where the passengers start the ride enclosed in a launch tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen.

On behalf of Falcon’s Treehouse, Kraftwerk Living Technologies designed and installed a projection system in a 20-meter long tunnel-shaped customized screen. The projection system features 18 high-performance projectors which have a combined total of 100,000 lumens of light output. The major challenge was that the projectors are exposed to the sea air. To overcome this obstacle, the projectors are protected by massive outdoor housings with easy maintenance access.

Kraftwerk Living Technologies integrated a state-of-the-art automatic alignment system, featuring 13 cameras measuring the screen’s pixel-accurate geometry. Based on the measurements done by the cameras and a virtual 3D model, the system slices the individual parts of the master content and warps, blends, and masks them automatically to one seamless projection on the screen surface. The system ensures perfect projection quality at all times, even for such highly complex multiple projector setups.

Furthermore, Kraftwerk Living Technologies integrated a customized, discrete, and powerful 12.4 audio system with high DSP power to match the client’s wish for high level entertainment.

This stunning introduction to the world of the ray mantas will also visually enhance the physical acceleration as the ride launches down the track. “This state-of-the-art projection system will be the first of its kind in the United States”, says SeaWorld.

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