What Sheraton’s new 3-D mapping light shows could look like

Sheraton Waikiki (Photo: PointCloud Media)

We’re learning more about the 3-D mapping light shows set to debut at Sheraton Waikiki later this summer.

Video posted online by production company PointCloud Media provides an example of what the shows at Helumoa Playground, the resort’s pool complex, could look like. (Watch it below.)

The company used Raylight4D technology to superimpose vibrant images of fish, divers, even aliens, moving through the water. The scenes were created for demonstration purposes and will not be included in the actual shows.

“We used the same augmentation (to project images) on buildings and developed it for water,” explained PointCloud Media president Jack Hattingh.

Hattingh said the shows are created from scratch via 3-D computer animation.

According to PointCloud’s website, “water reflections from pools and the ambiance around pools add a new element of reality to mapping projections” and are more conducive to projection mapping due to low ambient lighting, color and ubiquity.

Hattingh says large projectors are slated to be installed next month and will use mirrors to project three-dimensional illusions from the rooftop. The entire production is estimated to cost $1.3 million.

Sheraton Waikiki will launch two different light shows on August 1. One will depict the origin of the Hawaiian islands while the other illustrates the early days of Waikiki.

Both will be free and open to both resort guests and the general public.

Watch PointCloud’s video below:

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