Helsinki 2007: Walking through the screen?

by Yiorgos Kasapoglou 108 views

If in 2006 we saw Sakis and Maria coming on stage flying, don't be surprised if this year's hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jaana and Mikko, walk through a screen! It seems that the Finnish broadcaster YLE will be using a literally break-through technology and we will enjoy one of the most spectacular Eurovision Song Contests ever

An innovative technology might be used in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Initially known as WAVE (Walk-Through Virtual Environment), FogScreen, developed in Finland by Ismo Rakkolainen and Karri Palovuori at Finland’s Tampere University of Technology, is based on new technology that makes it feasible to create a flat and thin layer of fog that can be used for simultaneous high-quality image projection and walk-through. The fog screen, made exclusively from ordinary tap water and ultrasonic waves, feels dry and cool to the touch and can be used for extended periods of time. The displaying images literally float in the air. Available in two models, Inia and One. The Inia has a fixed screen size of 2 meters (79") wide and 1.5 meters (59") high. The One is 1 meter (39") wide, but multiple Ones can be linked to form a seamless projection screen of any width, almost without limit.

It will be interesting to see if the Fogscreen can be used by the artists for their acts. Or maybe if this screen will appear on stage at the voting procedure. For sure the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest is promising many surprises.

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