new with ILDA and the website
In addition to the news items listed below, you may also want to check out the following webpages for news from ILDA Members:
LOBO has created two large-scale shows for corporate clients. For example, a presentation for proGroup utilized their entire plant. LOBO was in charge of the creative and technical plans for this event. Details this, and a project at the Wirtgen Technology Days, are on the page with Laser shows and projects.
Lightline Lasertechnik of Osnabrück, Germany, received an award from Coherent for the 400th Taipan laser sold. The certificate was presented to Marco Stümpel at the ILDA Conference in Moscow, by Peter Vogt and Andreas Zuck of Coherent.
Lasertainment Productions Inc. selected three 18 watt lasers to help Caterpillar open a new factory in North Carolina. One laser was even installed in the bucket of a skid loader, as shown at left. More information is on the Laser shows and projects page.
Manick Sorcar of Laser Light Magic is profiled in an article appearing in the Calcutta Telegraph. He is working on a multimedia and laser show to honor his father, famous Indian magician P.C. Sorcar on the centenary of his father's birth in 1913. The article shows a laser graphic image of P.C., done by Manick who is also overseeing a course on laser animation at Jadavpur University. More information is on the Laser shows and projects page.
LOBO used 60 watts of blue light to help BMW introduce its new i8 and i3 eco-cars at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. More information on the presentation is on the Laser shows and projects page. (Photo credit: BMW Group)
Elections for two ILDA Board of Directors seats will be held
November 11 2011 at the ILDA Conference in Moscow. Any eligible 2011
ILDA Member may run for the board. We have a page with
information about ILDA Board duties.
ILDA will be
represented at a major conference on laser pointer and aircraft safety.
Executive Director Patrick Murphy will speak on "The Science of Lasers"
at a conference sponsored by
the Air Line Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association,
October 27 in Washington D.C. Other speakers include Rep. Dan Lundgren,
who introduced a bill to criminalize aiming lasers at aircraft, and the
FAA Administrator. Murphy will be the only representative from the
Olesya Kazantseva has sent us a photo of herself in front of one of her beamworks. The photo has been added to the March 2011 description and photo of Olesya with her laser characters.
Happy 25th Birthday to ILDA! The first meeting to form ILDA was held August 15, 1986. Today, August 15, 2011, we celebrate 25 years of service to laserists and the laser display industry. You may want to browse our historical documents including our first meeting minutes, a list of founding members, and an ILDA timeline.
ILDA Member Image Engineering announced their Light Vector RGB projectors. They feature green OPSL, and blue and red diode technology. They were pioneered by touring with Cee Lo Green. More information is on the New products and services page.
Voting for the 2011
ILDA Career Achievement Award is open from Monday 1 August
through Monday 22 August. All ILDA Members are eligible to vote by
e-mail for one of the five nominees: Steve Heminover, Olesya
Kazantseva, Cory Simpson, Bernd Steinert or John Tilp. Details
are on the Members-Only 2011 CAA vote
page (username and password required).
ILDA's fax number has been discontinued, because we have received so few non-spam faxes (only one legitimate fax every couple of months). If you need to send a document, please scan and send via e-mail. If you must fax, you can also call us by voice to set up a one-time fax reception on another voice/fax switched line.
The 2011 ILDA Conference dates have
been moved to 10-13 November. This was done to
give more Members a chance to attend this annual event.
It is still in Moscow, a world-class city and prime tourist destination.
Also, the hotel remains the same, the brand-new Radisson Blu Belorusskaya
Hotel in Moscow.
celebrated the occasion of the shipment of the 1000th Taipan laser
into Europe for entertainment uses, by awarding the best selling
integrators with a special Taipan unit.
Sollinger GmbH sold almost 300 Taipan lasers and received the "
250+units " award. More details are on the
Pangolin Laser Systems has announced a release date for their all-new "Beyond" laser show software for professionals: July 16, 2011. More details about Beyond and its hardware & software compatibility, are on the Press Releases page.
William R. Benner, Jr., President and CTO of ILDA Member Pangolin Laser Systems, recently joined a select group of leading experts on a broad array of subjects, from around the world to co-write the forthcoming book "Win!: Winning Strategies From Todays Leading Experts." More information about Benner and the book is on the Press Releases page.
award-winning artist Manick Sorcar of LaserLight Magic has donated USD
$112,000 to found the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory at
Jadavpur University in Calcutta. His work opened the Light India
Invitational tradefair in Chennai, where 24 JU students plus teachers
came to see the type of laser show they would soon be learning about.
More information about Sorcar and the new laser lab is on the
Press Releases page.
Olesya Kazantseva of Laser Artist Co. in Moscow has sent a photo of herself with the laser characters from her 2009 full-length laser animated "movie", The Pirates. She talks about this project, and her love of laser animation, on the Member shows and projects page. (Plus, you can meet her at the ILDA Conference this September 15-18 in Moscow!)
ILDA's office will be closed until Monday, March 21 while we travel to the International Laser Safety Conference. Safety chair Greg Makhov and executive director Patrick Murphy will be demonstrating safe audience scanning techniques to the attendees. If you have urgent needs, you can email or call us but we may not be able to respond right away.
created a 30-minute show for the Sultanate of Oman, which was attended
by over 2 million people during its 28-day run.
Come to Moscow! ILDA and Orion-Art
Multimedia officially ask you to attend the 2011 ILDA Conference, to be
We are still accepting nominations for the ILDA Career Achievement Award. You may nominate anyone -- ILDA Member, non-member or even yourself. The new deadline to email the nomination is Thursday, 31 March 2011. Click here for more information about the CAA and how to nominate someone.
A list of ILDA Awards
entries received to date is on the
2011 Awards entry page.
If you have sent an entry, check this page to be sure
we have your materials.
Productions put the band Muse in "laser prison" for their
world tour. The show included 10 8-watt systems, including one
controlled by Muse front man Matt Bellamy. Details are on the
Member shows and projects page.
ILDA's new Regulatory Committee has developed a position statement on the "Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act" now in the U.S. Congress.
The ILDA Board has approved a
Regulatory Committee, chaired by Dan Goldsmith of X-Laser.
Any ILDA Member is free to join the committee (please contact Dan
directly at X-Laser). The committee will develop ILDA positions on
regulatory and legislative issues, and will work to improve how laser
shows are regulated.
LaserTech Canada has introduced inflatable projection screens designed specifically for laser graphic and video projection. More information is on the New products and services page.
Members can enter the 2011 ILDA Awards competition. There are three categories: Artistic, Technical and Career Achievement. Information and entry forms are on the Entries and instructions page. The deadline to mail or send ILDA Award entries is 28 February 2011.
Executive Director Patrick Murphy and Safety Chair Greg Makhov were extensively quoted in Photonics Spectra magazine's "Trends 2011" article (Jan. 2011, page 78 also available online for a limited time). Makhov discussed how diodes, and especially blue diodes originally harvested from Casio Green Slim data projectors, have had a "significant impact .... leading to much more creative displays." Murphy discussed audience scanning. The article detailed ILDA's proposed optional "Level 2" scanning with irradiance up to 10 times the nominal MPE, in return for additional safety requirements. The article also contained four large photos of laser displays, supplied by ILDA.
of Miami was busy with a number of New Years laser shows,
including the halftime of the nationally-televised Orange Bowl, pictured
at right. Details are on the
Laser shows and
The winner of
the laser drawing is Laser Quantum of Montreal! In December
2010, Wicked Lasers donated an 800 mW blue-beam handheld laser to ILDA.
The association then held a drawing for Members joining or renewing
before 31 December 2010. Fifty-seven Members were
eligible for the drawing,
representing 107 tickets. (Members received the same number of tickets
as their membership category has votes, so Corporate Members had 2, 3 or
4 tickets depending on their membership level.)
The "Happy New Year" banner which appeared Jan. 1 - Jan. 7 used a portion of an ILDA Award entry submitted by DayStar Lasers. Thanks to them for their assistance.