Graffiti is something which we have all come across at some point during our lives, it’s everywhere! Often more-so in the more deprived areas, and it’s got a somewhat bad name attached to it. But we have been seeing more and more creative works of graffiti, which look more like art than vandalism, and it doesn’t seem like such a bad and grey area anymore.
Technology has influenced graffiti recently with the new virtual graffiti wall; it’s a totally safe, clean and environmentally friendly version of graffiti, which feels just the same as conventional graffiti ‘tagging’. You make use of an infrared spray can – rather than a paint spray can – which when pressed by the user is tracked by the software on the laptop computer and in turn ‘sprays’ the digital paint on the screen allowing you to create amazing works of digital graffiti art.
These graffiti walls are currently being used mostly at conferences and events around the world, companies such as Google and Intel have even put them to use. Wherever they are used they draw in huge crowds, everyone wants to have a go – and they can get involved too. Thanks to the addition of a digital camera, green screen and laptop computer, you can take photographs to manipulate on the digital graffiti wall! Countless hours of fun! I found a cool video which gives you a little demonstration of how the wall works, and some of the things you can do with it. You have an almost unlimited amount of options when it comes to backgrounds and colours, which is something you often don’t have with conventional graffiti. Check out the video below:
As you can see, the video probably explains it quite a lot better than I did. But I’m sure you’ll agree that it looks like a lot of fun! I was surprised to see that there isn’t really anything like this for the home consumer yet. It seems like they already have all of the technology (infrared spray cans and receivers) and software (Air Graffiti), all they need is to package this up and offer it for sale so that we can use it at home with our home computers, laptops, or even connect it up to our TV screens so we can create our own digital graffiti works of art from home.
Hopefully as they become more popular, and more and more companies start to make use of them in events, more people will see them and eventually they will make their way into the home market. I look forward to that day because I rarely (i.e. never) visit big events or anything like that, so I’m unlikely to get to try one out there!
Author Bio: The author of this article has been working in marketing for the past 10 years, he recommends using FotoMaster for all of your virtual graffiti needs.