SIGGRAPH EMERGING TECHNOLOGY always offers a peek at the future today. Here's a recap of some of the kewlest tech at Siggraph in the Emerging Tech arena in Boston 2006.
This is the first of a series in Siggraph reports -- what we see from these examples in the emerging technology arena are new emphasis on:
1) Alternate controllers
2) Alternate input devices (including forehead skin)
3) PAN (personal area network) -- using the body as a conductor
4) Optics -- cameras/sensors for replay or alternate tracking devices
5) Rise of sound as an entertainment vehicle
6) Sensors-- Chatty Cathy is old hat when your new doll or stuffed animal has 'feelings' all over it's body. No more metal robots??
7) Reel vs Real-- mixing the real with reel-- fooling the eye as to what's real life and what's video or simulation.
8) New games/toys and advertising or communication vehicles.
more later js.
AR Tennis (AUGMENTED REALITY TENNIS)
The Huggable: A New Type of Therapeutic Robotic Companion
Projects CG (computer graphic) images onto white smoke bubbles! When users break the bubbles--they make changes in the sound and visuals. Cameras track the CG project. Could be used to project logos of brands onto the bubbles with a sound. Ie NIKE SWOOSH with a swwwwwoooooosh sound......according to this blogger.
email@example.com It includes a sound-based game engine-- not just visual -- could be very interesting in entertainment and also whole body movement.
BLOGGER NOTE: THINK DDR (DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION) STANDING UP!
FABCELL --fibers are dyed with liquid crystal ink and then woven into a square textile The ink changes color as voltage is applied to them. BLOGGER NOTE -- could be used to put logos (IE MICKEY MOUSE ETC) on clothes and also to put ads on it too-- much more flexible than LED's -- hmm wonder if it's washable? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DESKRAMA -- high resolution sensor that helps to examine a 3d model ie in architecture. Blogger note: could have ramification in the modeling part of the film industry...also could let you look at dioramas or become an art or entertainment format --not unlike mini VR tour! Contact email@example.com