Emotional Intelligence Technology To Light Up Santa Monica at 2015 Twilight Concert Series At The Pier

Jul 28, 2015 • Automotive, Entertainment
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Truly a sight to see, TrueCar brings L.E.D. (Light Emotion Data) to the Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series. L.E.D. is a crowd-powered intelligent sensory experience that captures real-time emotive information and creatively displays data with a dazzling, interactive LED light show to transform the traditional concert experience.

Interacting with concertgoers in real-time and controlled by their collective emotions, showing a living and ever-changing visual representation of the sentiment of the crowd. It brings a new level of participation to the concert-going experience.

Utilizing technological innovations spun out of the renowned MIT Media Labs and visual artistry by GMUNK, TrueCar is melding the company’s data analysis and visualization abilities with new, entertainment technology. The TrueCar L.E.D. experience is free and open to the public on Thursday evenings from 7:00-10:00 p.m., now to September 10.

“TrueCar L.E.D. is the visual embodiment of what TrueCar stands for. This platform takes our web-based technology from the computer screen to the concert experience, as L.E.D. mirrors how we algorithmically assess data,” said Scott Painter, CEO and Founder of TrueCar. “We’re aiming to achieve something that’s never been done before, and as a Santa Monica-based technology company, we felt there was no better place to debut this than in our own backyard.”

“TrueCar is truly taking the Twilight Concert Series to the next level,” said Jay Farrand, Executive Director and Administrator, at Santa Monica Pier. “Our concerts attract up to 20,000 people weekly and we are excited by this technology, its impact on our many concert goers and the potential to transform the overall concert experience.”

2015-07-28 08.43.01Using over 70,000 LED lights, TrueCar L.E.D. creates an epicenter for the concert experience that is ever changing based on crowd participation. In order for the lights to activate, there are four points of input:

  • Crowd Density – Infrared technology tracks and displays the collective audience movement.
  • Audio Reactive Control – Achieved by analyzing the audio frequencies of the performance.
  • Emotion – A custom mobile site (truecar.com/led) featuring emotional intelligence, powered by Affectiva, measures the emotional sentiment of a user by analyzing the facial expression of a user’s selfie in real time and creating an immediate and noticeable color variation in the centerpiece, all while categorizing the ‘true’ emotions into one of the 18 different categories.
  • Gesture – Concertgoers’ gestures directly control the centerpiece.

“Having utilized fabrication mixed with lighting design for major brands throughout my career, I can definitely say that this installation is by far the most advanced,” commented GMUNK, Interactive Director for Tool. “First it is the largest and most complex, scaling at 15′ wide by 16′ tall and containing 70,000 single LED components. Then throw in the fact that we’ve taken this immense scale and authored interactive inputs controlling the entire installation allowing it to be driven by The Individual, The Crowd and The Music makes this by far the most complex and mesmerizing installation I’ve ever had the pleasure to conceive.”

“For the team, this has never been simply about infographics. This is about pushing the boundaries of what is possible with light, emotion and data,” said Jennifer Parke, Executive Creative Director, at Tiny Rebellion, the creative agency of record for TrueCar. “TrueCar brings transparency to consumers through data every day, and now they are making the audience’s True emotions come to life through visualizing inputs as light on a massive scale, creating a positive feedback loop between human and installation.”

And if you need any more reason to go check things out at the pier here is Lucas Donat & Scott Painter inviting you out to join them!

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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