Panasonic’s Real-time Tracking Used for Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020’s Ceremony

Business Events | July 24, 2019 | News

Panasonic Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Panasonic Corporation announced that its real-time tracking and projection mapping compatible projector was used for a video performance during the “One Year to Go” Ceremony. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Tokyo Metropolis jointly held the Tokyo International Forum on July 24th, 2019 to start the one-year countdown and call athletes worldwide to participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The ceremony, which was attended by Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee President Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, Tokyo 2020 guests including International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, and other dignitaries as well as an audience of some 5,000. The highlight of the event includes the one-year countdown with an opening performance, the IOC’s invitation to the Tokyo 2020 Games, an unveiling of medal designs and an invitation to volunteer torch runners. 

During the opening performance, participants enjoyed an innovative video projection of colors and effects that followed a fast-moving dancer while she performed gymnastics movements. The demonstration was a convincing reminder of Tokyo 2020’s promise to deliver the most innovative games in history.

The dance was performed by Honami Tsuboi, a Japanese rhythmic gymnast at the Beijing 2008 Games, to the accompaniment of music played on three-stringed shamisen instruments by the Yoshida Brothers from the Tsugaru region of northern Japan.

Real-time tracking and projection mapping for spatial image rendition (uniform projection of video onto various surfaces) were implemented with Panasonic's unique technology for projecting images on fast-moving objects using special projectors. Real-time tracking and projection mapping detect the movements and positions of the target object at high speed to achieve smooth, low-latency projection mapping. Panasonic’s real-time tracking and projection mapping technology achieve the industry's lowest latency, just 0.0016 second, or less than 1/10th that of conventional devices, between detecting an object’s position and transmitting images*. 

Satoshi Takeyasu, Chief Brand Communications Officer (CBCO) of Panasonic Corporation, commented, “We are honored to offer our real-time tracking and projection mapping technology at the opening performance of Tokyo 2020’s “One Year to Go” Ceremony celebrating Tokyo’s hosting of the world’s greatest sporting event. We are committed to using our innovative technologies to help Tokyo 2020 deliver the most innovative Olympic and Paralympic Games in history."

Panasonic Corporation announced that its real-time tracking and projection mapping compatible projector was used for a video performance during the “One Year to Go” Ceremony.

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