We propose an immersive light design and pre-visualization interface, aiming to increase the preview realism and suit people with no experience in stage design. Our prototype, VRLight, couples a head-mounted display (Oculus Rift) and a gesture-based interface (PNI Sensor) for visualization and real-time interactive light simulation. The design and control tasks are split in order to increase creativity and focus on both sides. In the immersive environment, the director performs the design and pre-visualization routines, and complex control is externally carried out by the technician, using any light console of his preference.
This project was developed within the MSc thesis work of João Cintra Torres Reis Araújo at IST/University of Lisbon.