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It was a period of my career when I jumped from one production to another using Pandoras Box, one of the most complex software on the market, to broadcast video mappings that were often simple, very simple.

Take the picture, create the reference, create the content, tare the reference with the media server on the projector and play the content. Always the same routine.

Whether it was big or small productions, the pattern that repeated before me was always the same. I had in my hands a device that allowed something else:

Real-time content generation, image and video compositing, synchronization with lights and much more. However, in most cases the process was always that: photo – reference – video.

Furthermore, the instrument I used was not competitive at all in economic terms. Costs were always high, complexity as well. The most striking case was in 2013: I used it for an installation in a furniture store. Projectors of 500 ANSI lumens and animated men who jumped up and down from the shelves.

small animated characters jumping up and down the shelves
A very tight budget. To avoid leaving in the installation media server, cables and various complications for which no one would ever pay, I first mapped the contents and then exported the output on SD cards that, finally, I did read to the projector. An ordeal that made sense only because the thing lasted for 3 days.

When I came back from Milan, I elaborated all this experience and the most insane ball of my life came out:

Now I’m going to create the media player for projection mapping.

There was no resource available. I was aiming for a product that does not exist in a market that does not exist. Why not throw yourself on such a crazy adventure?

I called the only person I knew who could accept to work on a project like this: Stefano Piermatteo.

They arrived and David and we started. We worked in our spare time, between one production and another, since we had not sought funding or any support for our idea. The ideas themselves, I confess, have not always been clear. Half of the difficulties we had to overcome to get to the market could have been enough to convince me to desist.

In the end we succeeded and KU was born, a product that is only the basis of what is my project of multimedia player.

The cost is still too high and communication protocols with the device are still missing to automate the installations.

I am working to find the resources I need to give new life to the project, aware of the fact that in any case the market of projected light is in its early days. The technology is not yet mature, video projectors are still seen and built as machines to hang from the ceiling in plain sight to create a screen, when in reality projection mapping the main needs are the flexibility of installation and, above all, the design of the projection object.

People’s interest and requests for information keep coming and this gives me a lot of strength to keep going. Thanks to all those who support me and who believe in the dream of projected light.

If you want to take a closer look at the KU website you can visit it at the following link:

www.kuprojection.com

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Thank you,
M.

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