An amazing sandbox where technological innovation meets human performance.
Based at The 7 Fingers Creation and Production Center, LAB7 offers motion capture technologies, a video game engine and stage integrators.
We explore how to adapt cutting-edge technologies to the physical realities and limitations of live performance, in partnership with CRITAC and other research institutions and programs.
LAB7 contributes to transform the performing arts traditional stage into new, hybrid spaces: immersive scenography, interactive experiences, augmented, virtual or mixed reality.
Dedicated to prototyping and applied research, LAB7 offers a collaborative approach to develop new artistic languages and to experiment with innovative creative processes.
LAB 1 - Augmented reality and hybrid creative work
This first lab is essentially an opportunity to start using LAB7's equipment in real conditions and to validate the complete workflow of capture, modeling, real-time projection, and recording.
LAB 2 - From quantum physics to pictoral art, sets made from movements
This second lab hosts two projects exploring non-figurative visual representations based on different types of motion capture.
LAB 3 - Extreme acrobatics and stage costumes
This third lab is an opportunity to push the limits of our Optitrack system, with the capture of extreme trampoline-wall movements. We are also exploring another technical challenge: motion capture in live performance conditions, notably using stage costumes.
LAB4: Towards markerless motion capture
The fourth LAB7 lab focused on markerless motion capture, explored through a series of tests conducted with LAB7’s research partners, the National Circus School of Montreal’s Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC), and Polytechnique Montréal.
LAB 5 – Motion capture technology overview
Done in collaboration with our research partner CRITAC, our fifth laboratory was dedicated to evaluating and comparing different motion capture systems, and assess their performance on a selection of circus disciplines.
We gave a tour of our creation center to two groups of professionals and investors and presented some of the projects underway at Les 7 Doigts, including LAB7.
What if you carry a circus performance, in 3D, in your phone and watch it anywhere?
As part of their spring 2023 session, a group of five graduating software engineering students and one graduating computer engineering student at Polytechnique Montreal took on a prototyping project for LAB7.
We were pleased to host Panasonic in our studios for their Demo Days, two days where professionals could discover their latest equipment.
Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, LAB7 has an inventory that can be used for a variety of purposes, from small-scale experiments to more advanced productions. With multimedia creation processes in mind our equipment inventory includes : Disguise's xR technology video server, Optitrack's real-time motion capture system, GrandMA, Unreal Engine, Notch, video projectors, gray projection screens and floor tiles, sound and lighting equipment.
Along with the Lab7 team, the equipment can be used in our different studios according to the desired configuration, with spaces ranging from 1,350 sq. ft. to 4,104 sq. ft..