Lightform Debuts Augmented Reality-Based Projection Mapping System

Lightform is a design tool for projecting augmented reality (and image mapping) that works with ANY projector brand.  If you’re one of the more than 7,000 people who have watched or attended one of rAVe’s founder Gary Kayye, 4K keynotes, you may remember him showing you his vision for the future of meeting rooms and classrooms — immersive environments. He used a video from the prototype of Lightform. Well, this is the real thing.

Lightform allows users to augment real life with projected digital designs, information, and magical effects. Unlike the current forms of AR and VR, projected AR can be seen with the naked eye, no need for a headset or phone.

With projected AR, users can transform everyday scenes into immersive experiences, an outdoor equipment retail display can come alive with projected fire, rain, and product information, a photo booth can become an underwater world. Expect to see projected AR menus, murals, and psychedelic artwork popping up in cafes, offices and public spaces nationwide. Watch this video to understand what we’re talking about:

Projected AR (also known as projection mapping or video mapping) used to be a tedious, complicated endeavor. Lightform vastly simplifies the process with a streamlined, end-to-end design system consisting of two parts, the LF1, a tiny computer and scanning device, and the Lightform Creator design software.

The LF1 mounts to almost any projector, scans a scene, and wirelessly sends the scan data to Lightform Creator. Within Lightform Creator, users can quickly design epic visuals using Lightform Creator’s suite of smart mapping tools, instant effects, and stock videos. Once the user is done creating their experience, LF1 plays the project back wirelessly. The LF1 is $699.

Lightform is here.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (, a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (, rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at