Omote Living Makeup with Projection Mapping

Omote Living Makeup with Projection Mapping

Omote exploded on the web yesterday, showing off a real-time face tracking and projection mapping experience. If you haven’t seen it, hit the jump. The experience shows how light can be applied as makeup, transforming a model’s face to include futuristic and abstract visuals. The work is led by Nobumichi Asai and a team of digital designers, CGI experts and make-up artists.

While there are few technical details, infrared markers on the model’s face are probably used as correspondences to a real time tracked model of the face (e.g., one supplied by the Kinect SDK). Latency introduced by the projector and system also means that fast movements are a no no, which probably explains the slow subtle movements on the model. Truly mesmerizing!



Rajinder Sodhi
I design, research and tinker with new sensing and display techniques (like projection mapping) to make our interactions with computers feel more natural! I've worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and Microsoft Research and made things along the way like Aireal and RoomAlive. Check em' out at, @lumenra.
  • Leow

    Sorry to be pedantic, but just wanted to point out that the project is actually called “Omote”, not “Omte”. Omote is a Japanese word meaning “exterior”, “surface” or “front”. But it also has a deeper meaning (as all the above words do in English), similar to “facade” — the public image one projects or tries to convey (as opposed to “ura”, which is the real truth behind the facade, the private reality behind a public image, etc.).
    On a different note, this video was amazing! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Thanks Leow! Typo on our part. Fixed!