Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

SIGGRAPHITTI Issue 3 - May 2012

Highlights of SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies

SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies welcomes 26 of the latest developments in 3D displays, robotics, interactive input devices, and more.The Emerging Technologies program provides attendees a unique hands-on opportunity to interact with select innovative technology before they become hot topics in the mainstream media and blogs.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies Highlights:  

TELESAR V: TELExistence Surrogate Anthropomorphic Robot
Charith Lasantha Fernando, Masahiro Furukawa, Tadatoshi Kurogi, Kyo Hirota, Katsunari Sato, Kouta Minamizawa, and Susumu Tachi, Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design; Sho Kamuro, The University of Tokyo 
TELESAR V enables a user to bind with a dexterous robot and experience what that robot can feel with its fingertips when manipulating and touching objects remotely.

3D Capturing Using Multi-Camera Rigs, Real-Time Depth Estimation, and Depth-Based Content Creation for Multi-View and Light-Field Auto-Stereoscopic Displays
Peter Tamas Kovacs, Holografika Kft., and Ferederik Zilly, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institut  
This futuristic system captures live HD footage with a wide-baseline multi-camera rig and estimates the depth map of the captured video streams based on which content is generated and presented on auto-stereoscopic 3D displays.

Tensor Displays: Compressive Light-Field Synthesis Using Multilayer Displays With Directional Backlighting
Matthew Hirsch, Douglas Lanman, Gordon Wetzstein, and Ramesh Raskar, MIT Media Lab  
This new light-field-display technology system uses stacks of time-multiplexed, attenuating layers illuminated by uniform or directional backlighting optimized with non-negative tensor factorization. Tensor displays achieve greater depths of field, wider fields of view, and thinner enclosures compared to prior auto-multiscopic displays.

Gosen: A Handwritten Notation Interface for Musical Performance and Learning Music
Tetsuaki Baba, Tokyo Metropolitan University; Yuya Kikukawa, Toshiki Yoshiike, Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Rika Shoji, and Kumiko Kushiyama, Graduate School of Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University 
Since the 1960s, Optical Music Recognition (OMR) has matured for printed scores, but research on handwritten notation and interactive OMR has been limited. By combining notation with performance, Gosen makes music more intuitive and accessible.

BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS: Interactive Plants Technology
Ivan Poupyrev, Disney Research, Pittsburgh and Philipp Schoessler, University of Arts Berlin
BOTANICUS INTERACTICUS is a technology for designing highly expressive interactive plants, both living and artificial. With a single wire placed anywhere in the soil, it transforms plants into multi-touch, gesture-sensitive, and proximity-sensitive controllers that can track a broad range of human interactions seamlessly, unobtrusively, and precisely.

Ungrounded Haptic Rendering Device for Torque Simulation in Virtual Tennis
Wee Teck Fong, Ching Ling Chin, Farzam Farbiz, and Zhiyong Huang, Institute for Infocomm Research  
This interactive virtual tennis system utilizes an ungrounded haptic device to render the ball impact accelerations and torques experienced in real tennis. Novel features include the A-shaped vibrating element with high-power actuators. The application utilizes racket mass distribution and high-amplitude bending for torque generation and haptic rendering. 

A detailed list of  all SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies is available on the web site.

Technical Papers Preview Video

View the preview video for a sneak peek at the highlights of the SIGGRAPH 2012 Technical Papers. The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous

Artists, scholars, and creative practitioners are in search of the miraculous in presenting the Art Gallery. The SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous presents exceptional digital and technologically mediated artworks that explore the existence of wonderment, mystery, and awe in today’s world of mediating technologies and abundant data.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery Highlights:

Kärt Ojavee, Estonian Academy of Arts; Eszter Ozsvald, New York University
SymbiosiSI is an item, part of a collection of textile interfaces. These soft materials behave as organic displays and react to definable impulses by showing the pre-defined patterns that animate slowly over the surface.

The HeartBeats Watch
Julie Legault, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Royal College of Art
Stretching or shrinking hours with the beat of your heart, the HeartBeats Watch is a timepiece in which time is modified in duration according to the wearer’s heartbeat, evoking the emotional complexity of time and the human body because “time slows when I’m with you, and time flies, and time stops with every heartbeat.”

Kapitän Biopunk: Fermentation Madness
Julian Abraham, Independent Artist
Kapitän Biopunk: Fermentation Madness is an artistic research project, manifested in the form of an acoustic and performance installation that responds to the high number of poisonings and deaths of alcohol consumers in Indonesia. The project is a collaborative art and biotechnology work, using DIY and open-source technologies intended to give the public an awareness of the local traditional culture of alcohol and to distribute knowledge of safe alcohol fermentation processes in order to produce alcoholic drinks with the richness of Indonesian tropical fruit in an affordable and safe way.

Snail Trail
Philipp Artus, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
This work consists of a two-minute laser-animation loop in which a snail invents the wheel and goes through a cultural evolution to finally get back to its origin. The animation is projected at an angle of 360° onto a column, so that the audience has to walk around it to follow the course of the snail. The projection surface is of a phosphorescent material, which creates an after-glowing trail that fades out slowly.

90° South
Alejandro Borsani, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
90° South provides a contemplative point of view that allows us to witness and be immersed in the constant evolution of a growing landscape. The piece utilizes an irrigation system in conjunction with a highly absorbent material called sodium polyacrylate to produce the slow emergence of a landscape. A thin layer of the white material is placed on top of a round surface. When water reaches the surface, the sodium polyacrylate expands 300 times, producing subtle undulations. The profiles of these miniature mountains are projected on the walls of the gallery by a flashlight attached to a rotating mechanism.

A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe)
Martin Callanan, Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London
A Planetary Order is a terrestrial globe showing clouds from one single moment in time, thereby subtly highlighting the fragility and interdependence of the Earth’s environmental systems.

Sustainable Cinema No. 4: Shadow Play
Scott Hessels, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
The wind-powered Shadow Play is a kinetic public sculpture that harnesses sustainable energy to generate a moving image. By using natural power to re-create an early art form that led to the beginnings of cinema, the sculpture references the histories of both motion pictures and industrialization. The artwork explores a possible future of environmentally responsible media, looking forward by looking back.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Papers

SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Papers explore the changing roles of artists and the methods of art-making in our increasingly networked and computationally mediated world. In addition to core topics related to digital arts and interactive techniques, Art Papers will also explore the theme of the SIGGRAPH 2012 juried Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous.

SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Papers Highlights:

Translation + Pendaphonics = Movement Modulated Media
Byron Lahey and Winslow Burleson, Arizona State University; Elizabeth Streb, The STREB Extreme Action Company
This paper describes a collaboration between an arts-technology research team and a performing-arts organization to create a computationally augmented, multimedia dance performed on a vertical wall.

Within an Ocean of Light: Creating Volumetric Lightscapes
Anthony Rowe, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
The Ocean of Light project uses volumetric visualization techniques based on 3D grids of individually addressable points of light to create compelling and immersive mixed-reality experiences.

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