There was a time when a grassy lawn and a ball were all you needed to play a competitive game with your friends. But, in our modern technological world, such analog sport seems awfully quaint. Thankfully, design firm Moment Factory is here to save us from that bleak past with GRiD.
First debuted at MAPP_MTL (Montréal’s international mapping festival), GRiD is a life-size game of virtual Pong. After taking inspiration from the classic competitive arcade games of yore, the Moment Factory team started building the massive 40' x 60' game. The installation uses a combination of LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and projection-mapping to bring that arcade feel into the real world.
That LiDAR sensor was mounted high up in the corner of the room, where it can track the position and movement of players on the field. That movement is then fed into a computer, where player position is used to determine their interaction with the virtual Pong ball. A few extra tricks not found in the original game, such as an additional ball, were thrown in to keep players on their toes. The position of the ball(s), along with the playing field grid, is then projected onto the floor of the room for a fun and interactive experience.