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Lasershow Puppeteer


  Hand and finger motion
  Completely customizable
  Requirements and configurations
  Suggested uses
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Click here to see a video of Lasershow Puppeteer in action
This video shows how a laser character interacts with the keynote speaker at a corporate meeting.
Note that in order to play the video, you will need to have a copy of Windows Media Player version 9 installed.
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Audiences are amazed when a 20-foot-high laser "puppet" comes alive and starts interacting directly with them. In 1999, this virtual reality system, originally developed by Pangolin for Cramer Productions (Norwood, Mass.), won first place for “Special Application” in the ILDA Awards. Since then, it has been used in major corporate presentations, for clients such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard and United Auto Workers. Now Pangolin has made this same award-winning live laser interaction available to any laserist.

Use hand and finger motion to bring the puppet to life

The "Lasershow Puppeteer" system uses VR-style data gloves and a motion tracker to control individual elements of the animated character. The virtual reality (VR) operator moves his hands and fingers to turn the animated head, open and close its mouth, raise its eyebrows, etc. For corporate theater applications, the operator watches a video monitor from an off-stage position, so he can talk to talent or passersby while controlling the laser-projected "puppet’s" motion. To see Lasershow Puppeteer in action, click here.

Completely customizable imagery and animation

The puppet graphics can be realistic, cartoon-like or even an animated logo or product – it is all up to the artist’s imagination. And a computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard can trigger pre-defined animated laser sequences (Showtime clips), such as bursting fireworks or awards introductions. The puppet can even interact with a Showtime show that’s playing at the same time.

Requirements and configurations

Lasershow Puppeteer requires VR hardware and the Lasershow Puppeteer program, both of which are available from Pangolin. Various configurations are possible, from a simple one-glove-only set-up, to a full system with two data gloves, a 6-degree-of-freedom motion tracker and MIDI Keyboard.

Suggested uses

Lasershow Puppeteer may be used in a variety of applications where a unique human-like crowd interaction is desired. A few applications are:

  • Trade shows -- the puppet can interact with the crowd and draw attention to a vendor's tradeshow booth.

  • Corporate meetings -- the puppet can MC the meeting, calling up various speakers and interacting with the attendees.

  • Amusement parks -- as a novel attraction that people will enjoy interacting with, and yet always wonder how it works

Contact Pangolin for more information

For more information about Lasershow Puppeteer availability and pricing, contact Pangolin.


  This page last updated: Wednesday, Januari 29, 2020

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