THE ROYAL CARRIBEAN ART WALL

Royal Carribean International’s Ovation of the Seas was designed to be the most innovative cruiser, in terms of guest activities, entertainment establishments and culinary explorations. To amplify its position within the industry,  the Royal Carribean International installed a permanent video wall in their main esplanade.

The gesture-driven art wall, spearheaded by Materials & Methods and using RealMotion™ servers, highlights the system’s strengths for aesthetic-focused installations. The RealMotion solution enabled continuously changing content on the 8’ x 20’ digital art wall that reacts to each person passing by, and can be controlled through gestural interactivity.

The 8’x20’ digital art wall is featured at the heart of the ship in the main esplanade. It consists of eight LCD displays that are staggered asymmetrically, surrounded by frosted glass panels backlit by LEDs.

The digital art wall reacts to each person that passes by; if they choose, the guest can interact with the wall via gestures.. An infrared camera is used to track their movements. From there, the system uses interactive programming to translates a person’s motions to a visual effect within the content piece. The visual content moves seamlessly between LCD screens; if it encounters a low resolution LED area of the canvas, the content configures its own resolution, sharpening and softening as it spreads across the wall like paint.

The wall was first fully constructed in Materials & Methods studios alongside Float4’s programming support. The RealMotion™ build was designed to be modular, low-impact, and entirely front serviceable, allowing for easy access for any required maintenance throughout the life of the wall.

There are nine themes of visual content, so individuals encounter an entirely different interactive experience each time they pass.

Experience design studio Float4 integrated the creative assets into the RealMotion™ system. A wide sweeping gesture can trigger different effect types, such as an alteration of color or pattern, creating ripples, causing flowers to bloom or particles to disperse, revealing colors or adding layers. A short, sharp motion alters the canvas differently, giving the user the ability to paint with a quickly learned movement “language.” All these effects were programmed and are currently powered by the RealMotion™ system.

The digital art wall is a perfect example of how RealMotion™ can provide a reliable and robust architecture for creative project that require content generation, delivery and maintenance.

Video courtesy of Float4
Stills courtesy of Float4

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