In 2011, I met Samuel Cox and invited him to Vancouver to have an exhibit of my gigapixel images using GigaLinc, an interactive user interface he developed which allows viewers to navigate and explore a gigapixel image in detail using Kinect-based hand-gestures, zooming in and out of areas of particular interest. Surround-sound adds to the multi-sensory experience.
This time around, Sam invited me in early 2013 to collaborate again with him as part of an exhibit for TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 10-14. We would use my gigapixel images along with GigaLinc. TEDGlobal would be a great opportunity not only to showcase my images but also to promote my business as well.
I arrived Edinburgh a week earlier to capture new gigapixel images of Scotland for the exhibit. I visited various places such as Blackness Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Duone Castle, Calton Hill, Nelson Monument, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. I was able to capture several gigapixel images with some amazing views.
Capturing a gigapixel image of Linlithgow Palace
Capturing a gigapixel image of Edinburgh
at Duone Castle
Stirling Castle in the Background
We had a total of about 16 gigapixel images on display during the exhibit. Attendees of TEDGlobal were not only fascinated by GigaLinc (the use of hand-gestures to explore images projected on a wide screen) but were also so amazed (some in disbelief) at the high quality of the resolution and the level of detail of my gigapixel images. My image of the Vancouver 2011 Stanley Cup Crowd before the riot was the most popular photo and had the greatest impact.
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The exhibit was a success and had nothing but positive feedback from both TEDGlobal organizers and attendees. It was a great experience!
Special thanks to Priscilla Fazakas of TED Conferences LLC.