The beginning of the Cloud Project
This is a collaborative project by Daikin, the global guru of air conditioning, and the ultra-technologists group teamLab, to try to project images and doodle on clouds.
If we study the air in order to understand clouds, and if we make full use of our technology, can we project on to the clouds? We want to create images that no one has ever seen before, that are like dreams that we can show to the wonder of the entire world!
This was what led us to kick off this dream plan, The Cloud Project, which is a collection of the skills of Daikin Industries, who are constantly thinking about air, and the ultra-technologists group, teamLab.
Trial conducted mid-June, 2013
Succeeded in doodling
on a sea of clouds
We ran trial projections for several days and confirmed that
under the appropriate meteorological environment and with
the preparation of specific conditions such as equipment and
facilities, setup position, etc., that we can project images from
the ground onto clouds.
Event scheduled in September, 2013
The challenge to
project on clouds
By leveraging what we learned from the trial experiment in June, 2013, the
Cloud Project team is now working on the technical direction of projecting
on clouds. We have come to realize that some images are easy to project
and some are not, and that there are various conditions required, such as
the angle of the equipment that is suited for projection, the size of the
image, etc. With these factors in mind, we are searching for the ultimate
image projection and form of graffiti art that will work best on clouds,
toward the event in September, 2013.
The development of the
artificial cloud machine
What must the project team consider in order to create images on
clouds? To make this clear, we had to create an artificial environment
that was similar to a cloud and develop an experimental mist generator
that creates fine mists that reproduce the right environment conditions
for clouds to be generated…The challenge to project on clouds began
by formulating clouds.
An attempt to project
images onto clouds
"After the use of dedicated equipments in experiments conducted
in various locations, the Cloud Project team headed to Tomamu,
Hokkaido, an area known for unkai (meaning sea of clouds) in
June, 2013, and we were able to run a projection experiment using
what was thought to be the best environment and equipment of
Special thanks to: Hoshino Resort Tomamu
The road to the
Take a look at the paths we have taken and the project
team’s steps of trial and error in this unprecedented
challenge to project images onto clouds.
Introducing photographs from the Cloud Project