Armin van Buuren - Myo
A State Of Trance - Myo
Client:
Armin van Buuren

Case:
Haute Technique has teamed up with Thalmic Labs, the creator of the Myo armband, and renowned DJ Armin van Buuren to bring wireless stage control to the latter's performance. While wearing this special armband, Armin van Buuren can control the lights and video, allowing him to come even closer to his audience.

This entire interaction would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the custom made software Haute Technique developed to integrate all aspects of the performance. The collaboration shows perfectly that the outcome of combining three extraordinary products can be greater than each of the parts on their own.

For more info on this project, visit the project page.

Mauritshuis - Het gebouw
Mauritshuis - Het gebouw
Client:
Mauritshuis, The Hague

Case:
Realize nine multi-media areas that offer in depth information regarding the history and renovation of the building Mauritshuis.

Solution:
An array of interactive interfaces carried by touchscreens and one video projection showing historic content such as maps and drawings by the architect Pieter Post in a minimalistic interface. Visitors can discover additional information on the thematic islands about the architect, building style, the garden, interior, exterior and its restoration.

As grande finale a projection was installed that flies through a 3D version of the Mauritshuis as it was drawn by the architect itself.

'The Building' is the reopening exhibition after the two-year renovation of museum that houses a collection of world-famous paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters from the Golden Age.

In collaboration with:
Kinkorn, Ruben van Esterik, Bertus Pelser, René Huwaë

Photgraphy by:
Ronald Tilleman

Beeld en Geluid - Royal Table
Beeld en geluid Hilversum
Client:
Beeld en Geluid

Case:
Create four educational games that teach children the etiquettes used by the Dutch Royal Family.

Solution:
An interactive touchtable whereupon a number of physical objects can be placed to play the following four games:
- Royal vocatives
- Table arrangement
- Table setting
- Conversations

The Dutch Instute of Image and Audio archives and preserves all dutch audio/visual content generated by the public broadcast agencies and exhibits the material in thematic expositions.

In collaboration with:
Kinkorn & Kloosterboer

Plantin Moretus - Interactive book
Plantin Moretus
Client:
Plantin Moretus, printing museum in Antwerp

Case:
Develop a digital interface to experience hundred years old books in an authentic manner.

Solution:
Three touchscreens in the display tables enable visitors of the museum to browse through centuries-old books and explore additional backround information regarding the publications.
The interface was designed to ensure the user experience to be as realistic as possible.
The 3D-movement of pages and it's high-resolution content make sure the visitors can take a close look at the detailed etchings.

Red and blue bookmarks indicate more information or images. When clicked on the book slides to the side and reveals facts about anatomy or printing techniques.

Plantin-Moretus is a museum honoring the famous printers Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus in their former 17th century home in the city centre of Antwerp.


In collaboration with:
Kinkorn & happyCoders

Loewe - Leather Tree
Loewe Barcelona
Client:
Loewe Madrid

Case:
Create an interactive experience that tells the story of used types of leather to visitors of Galería Loewe.

Solution:
An interactive, projection mapped tree, crafted of Loewes Nappa, Grain, Suede and Exotic. Each side of the tree tells it's own story on that specific type of leather. By touching the tree, the story unveils.

Galería Loewe is a museum, located in the heart of Barcelona, dedicated to the company's long history of leather craftsman and silk.

In collaboration with:
Mr. Beam & Boolab, photography (above): César Segarra

Het scheepvaartmuseum - My E-XPO
Het scheepvaartmuseum, mijn expo Touchtafel
Client:
The National Maritime Museum

Case:
Develop a touch table on which visitors can create their own exposition and make it viewable with a large projection.

Solution:
10 workstations distributed over 20 square meters, where all instruments are assured for the easy creation of an individual digital exposition, the e-xpo. Within just a couple of steps the e-xpo takes shape. The museum’s entire digitized collection is available to the user, and each item can be placed in the exposition to personal preference.

Subsequently the visitor can see the his finished exposition being projected on a gigantic projection wall of 27 square meters. Each single e-xpo is published to the internet, this way visitors can watch, or continue development without leaving the comfort of their homes.

Haute Technique developed the touch table as well as the online deployment of my e-xpo.

In collaboration with:
Total Active Media

This project won the 2012 Gouden Reiger Award

Armin Only - Intense
Armin van Buuren - Armin Only - Intense
Client:
Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren's new worldtour, Armin Only Intense, is a one of a kind experience in which all the visual and musical elements work in perfect harmony. To achieve this feat, we created an unique piece of software that allows all components of the show to be synchronized by analyzing the audio in realtime. With this collected data, our software generates a set of timecode streams that are then utilized to sync video, lights, CO2 and Pyrotechnics. Furthermore, every artist is supplied with a clicktrack, also generated by the system.

Armin will deploy 'Intense' throughout 2014 all around the globe.

In collaboration with:
250K

Photgraphy by:
marcvanderaa.com

Rabobank Utrecht
Kunstwerk trappenhuis Rabobank
Client:
Rabobank Utrecht

Case:
Create a digital artpiece in the Rabobank Utrecht head office’s stairwell. The artpiece should be abstract, timeless and strongly connected to it's local environment.

Solution:
By projecting on the six story high balustrades a vertical binding element arises. The projected imagery is in fact a photo-fragment, a single horizontal bar, stretched from top to bottom which renders the original picture unrecognisable, but it will still convey an impression of it's colours.

The input footage is a constant internet feed of pictures shot in (the vicinity of) Utrecht. This results in a current colour impression of the local environment.

Each hour the projection changes to a new recently shot photograph. Furthermore, people making use of the stairwell influence the projections as well; Every passing person let’s the entirety of the image zoom in. When a sufficient amount of people pass the art piece, the total projection surface will eventually consist of a single colour which found it’s origin in one single photo-pixel. This way the crowding on the stairs and the exuberance of the colour-image compensate each other.

In collaboration with:
AAIQU
Fortress Island Pampus
interactieve games Pampus
Client:
Fortress Island Pampus

Case:
Create 7 digital games for Fortress Island Pampus playable throughout the entire citadel.

Solution:
7 unique games that involve visitors into how life was on the fortress almost a century ago. The games consist of several touch screens, glass projections, and physical interaction elements, like filling canon shells with gunpowder, or using an authentic morse key. Through clever futuristic yet minimalist design, each game acquires a timeless nature, without interfering with the historic character of the fortress’s interior.

In collaboration with:
AAIQU
Hoorstichting - Oortwist
Oortwist
Client:
National Hearing Foundation

Case:
Realise an mobile interactive installation for festivals that creates awareness of hearing loss to visitors.

Solution:
A version of twister, in which the instructions are harder to hear during the course of the game. Contestants wear wireless headphones that play the game master’s voice. He is using a headset and touch computer to instruct the player’s next move. If a contestant fails, the game master is able to put him out by summoning a vibration in the player’s wireless shirt.

In collaboration with:
AAIQU
Amsterdam Museum - Voetbal halleluja
Amsterdam Museum - voetbal halleluja
Client:
Amsterdam Museum

Case:
Build an interactive experience exploring the connection between football and religion.

Solution:
Interactive elements were designed that we're woven through the structure of the exhibition. Using podcatchers to register individual as well as team scores, visitors can compete with and against each other.

Throughout the exhibition you learn more about the connection between football and religion and your own view on the matter in an interactive an playful way. The goal is to make visitors aware of the similarities and make them think about their own position in the debate.

The exposition was developed in cooperation with the Historical Museum Basel and will travel through Europe.

Photgraphy by:
Ronald Tilleman

Augmented Anamorphosis
Augmented Anamorphosis
Case:
Graduation project. An in-depth research to the current state and usage of augmented reality. Existing techniques of augmented reality are constricting an accessible and immersive experience. By redefining the notion of augmented reality and going back to it’s basics, Augmented Anamorphosis creates a true synergy between fact and fiction.

Solution:
With the aid of a projector, a three dimensional image is projected on the floor surface. Through computer-vision, this image is constantly being adjusted to the user’s physical position. This results in a three dimensional spacial projection of any object, that shifts depending on the user’s individual perspective.

Never before has there been conducted research on the experience of augmented anamorphosis in this type of set-up. The eventual experience consists of three dimensional object in space, through the notion of proportion, interaction and volume of the virtual object. The system is open, clear and suprising.



About

Haute Technique is like custom tailored new media; it's build from the worlds finest materials, fits you perfectly, gives attention to each detail and makes you unique. We create experiences with the use of new media like games, interactive installations, touchtables, prototypes, websites and mobile application.

Because Haute Technique isn’t confined to just one medium, we are capable to form solid solutions together with our client. Solutions that guarantee the most efficient impact for your goals. Due to our wide experience in development for touchscreens, touchtables, games and interaction, we deliver custom made, and highly advanced productions.

Haute Technique not only provides all-in-one productions in which we shape ideas, that are then tailored in to quality products; we also offer technical realisations for existing concepts. And thanks to our strong connection to a large network of specialised freelancers, it’s safe to say we can always deliver the highest quality.

Haute Technique stands for a clever balance in creativity and technological knowledge. This allows us to work on the frontier of possibilities and to directly implement these in innovative concepts.


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The driving force behind Haute Technique is Sander ter Braak, who attained a Bachelor degree in Digital Media Design at Utrecht School of Arts in September 2010. Shortly after that, Sander acquired the title Master of Arts in Design for Digital Cultures, at the Open University, with his acclaimed project Augmented Anamorphosis.

Since then, Sander has been associated with Utrecht School of Arts, for his role as teacher of Interaction, Research & Development, Flash, Technical Support and Actionscript 3.0.


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How Armin got to wear interactive armbands

a Haute Technique backgroundstory

Introduction

Haute Technique has teamed up with Thalmic Labs, the creator of the Myo armband, and renowned DJ Armin van Buuren to bring wireless stage control to the latter's performance. While wearing this special armband, Armin van Buuren can control the lights and video, allowing him to come even closer to his audience. This entire interaction would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the custom made software Haute Technique developed to integrate all aspects of the performance. The collaboration shows perfectly that the outcome of combining three extraordinary products can be greater than each of the parts on their own.

Thalmic Labs

Located in Kitchener, Canada, Thalmic Labs battles the stigma surrounding human-to-computer interaction. Its large team of engineers, researchers and designers understand what the next generation of human-to-computer interaction will be all about. They believe that the relationship between people and machines needs to become closer and more coherent.


The Myo armband is the product on which the company was founded. It can sense and interpret the movements of your hand and arm, and translates it into usable data. By taking that technology and applying it to an energetic performance like that of Armin van Buuren, we at Haute Technique are able to explore new levels of the relationship between the artist, his stage, and his audience.


Thalmic is inspired by our approach of their product. Our ideas and their product match seamlessly, building a stable and trusting relationship between our two companies. A few days after our initial contact we received multiple prototypes.

Developing process

The first step we took was to set up a recording session during A State Of Trance 650. Besides recording audio and video of Armins performance, we made sure to record all of his movements as well. The data collected was processed by custom developed software that transferred it into a fileformat that could be used for playbacks later. By syncing the data of the video, audio and the Myo, we were able to examine all the possible applications of the data without having to set up a live performance every single time.

Ibiza Nights: the Ushuaia-experience

The party season on Ibiza gave us the ideal situation to explore the full potential of the Myo. During the 'Armin van Buuren presents: A State Of Trance' shows on the island, Armin used a new stage designed by 250K in which he was surrounded by a circle of Magic Panels. Because we had this same set-up every week, we were able to develop and test new features until perfected. The first few weeks we optimized the core of the software, after which we started to add new effects every week.


The entire system runs on a custom piece of software which analyses Armins movements and influences the lights and video content accordingly. The system allows for new features and effects to be added continuously which results in a solution that covers the entire need of synchronising movements with lights and video.

Armin

“I always love to involve new idea's into my show. Crowd interaction is absolutely key to me and the MYO helps me with this. It can create a unique experience for the clubber and it feels like I'm even closer to them.” Armin van Buuren


When wearing the Myo, Armin is able to control the lights and the video on stage. This basically means that whenever he jumps, waves or turns, the lights react correspondingly. By extending Armins movements to the entire stage, the stage becomes inferior to him. It provides him with the possibility to make a stronger connection with his audience. This creates an infinite amount of interactive possibilities. While the interaction between Armin and his audience is special on its own, the interaction between lights and video make his performance truly unique. Since both variables react to Armins movements, they form a unity that seamlessly interacts with the entire performance.


Our approach of technology matches very well with the things Armin wants to achieve during his shows. We discovered a mutual love for evolvement and novelty. Armin has been interested in technology since his younger years and is always looking for new inventions that allow him to enhance his performance, giving the audience a more intense experience. What makes him stand out from other DJs is his belief in constant improvement and the way he looks at a performance as an entity. Because of our complementary views the creative bond between Armin and Haute Technique is strong, creating an ideal environment to invent new ways of interaction.

Haute Technique

Haute Technique stands for a clever balance in creativity and technological knowledge and innovation. This makes sure we work on the frontier of possibilities and allows us to directly implement these possibilities into ground breaking concepts. We always want to get the most out of each story we tell and each new project provides a new challenge in distilling the core message that needs to be conveyed.


Haute Technique is like tailor-made new media; it is build from the world’s finest materials, fits perfectly, gives attention to each detail and makes you unique. We aim to build experiences for our customers and their clients with the use of new media, like games, interactive installations, touch-tables, prototypes and other experiences.


Our design knows no limits, we have developed interactive experiences for museums, retail brands as well as for large names in the dance industry. For example we have collaborated with: Volvo Ocean Race, Intel, Dell, The Dutch Maritime Museum, Loewe Madrid, DJ Hardwell, Rabobank.

             


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