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Sky-Skan Creates 360 Degree Digital Sphere for Germany Pavilion at Yeosu Expo 2012

SEAVOLUTION Main Show, Courtesy German Pavilion, Expo 2012

by Joe Kleiman, IPM Online News Editor

Yeosu, South Korea (May 9, 2012) — At Expo 90, in Osaka, Japan, Sanwa Midori-Kai presented a 15-minute film about the Monarch butterfly and its migration between Mexico and Canada.  Presented in the Magic Carpet theater, the show used two IMAX projectors, with one image projected onto a screen in front of the audience, and the other on a screen under the audience beneath a glass floor.

SEAVOLUTION exterior, courtesy German Pavilion, Expo 2012

This year, at SEAVOLUTION, the German Pavilion at Expo 2012, Sky-Skan is doing away with multiple screens altogether by creating a complete 360 degree projection surface in a sphere.  According to representatives of the German Pavilion at Expo 2012, “Visitors can look forward to the “Main Show”, a virtual deep sea exploration in a futuristic deep-sea vehicle. Thanks to a spectacular all around projection, they feel as though they are floating in a glass ball. Thereby they explore future submarine excavation sites and encounter bizarre inhabitants of the deep sea.”

This four minute presentation follows groundbreaking Sky-Skan achievements at two previous world expos:

  • Expo 2008 Zaragoza, Spanish Pavilion: first use of IOSONO 360-degree audio in a dome
  • Expo 2010 Shanghai China, Saudi Arabia Pavilion: 17,000 sq ft. screen (1,600 sq. meters) with 25 projectors. One of the largest-ever seamless digital exhibit screens 

Marcus Weddle of Sky-Skan tells InPark, “Sky-Skan installed another Expo groundbreaking theater using Definiti projection technology and DigitalSky. This time it is a hypersphere dome with the floor also featuring projected surfaces. As you can see in the picture, it’s one of the most immersive experiences ever created!”

SEAVOLUTION Main Show.  Photo taken May 9, 2012.  Courtesy Sky-Skan
Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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