PixMob: Turning Crowds Into Light Canvases
Watch our doc on PixMob, whose LED-embedded wearables turn audiences into living lights spectacles.
"The idea of PixMob was to think of people as pixel-wearers, they are going to create a light canvas," says Vincent Leclerc, the CTO of PixMob, a design studio that focuses on turning live events into immersive spectacles by inserting LEDs in ordinary objects, subsequently making them magical. Whether it's embedding LEDs in hats given out to Super Bowl XLVIII attendees in February, or creating colorful, blinking bracelets for concert-goers to wear at Tiësto's Hakkasan residency in Las Vegas, PixMob is evolving cultural milestones into illuminated extravaganzas.
The Creators Project was fascinated in how they create wearable LED devices that enable wireless, living artwork, and so we made a doc on the company that's turning crowds into light paintings in real time. Watch our documentary on PixMob above, and continue reading to get more details on the cutting-edge team.
"Since the beginning of PixMob," said Leclerc, "we've been working with raw electronic components to create the technologies our collective experiences. We've been using microprocessors on our pixels the size of a coin that are comparable to what was used to land on the moon 50 years ago. And now we're at a point where we're be able to embed all processing and decoding within the LEDs we use. Something the size of a grain of rice."
On working with musicians, such as Tiësto, The Black Keys, and others, Leclerc added, "They inspire us with their own vision of collective experience, creative content, and how to build an emotional crescendo with a crowd. When the artist feels there's a peak in the show and wants to bring it to another level, we active PixMob's technology and complement that peaking moment."
PixMob focuses on inspiring a sense of intimacy between strangers in a crowd, a shared emotional experience among people where they are all participating in one stunning experience.
Leclerc articulates this beautiful project succinctly: "The light aspect is nice but where we have the most opportunity is when there's interaction. By re-inventing technology and by making our own types of media, we can create a moment of magic where people are in a state of wonder and realize they're part of a whole...not just sitting and watching a show."