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RobertoOrtiz
08-09-2008, 04:34 PM
Hey guys, Roberto here,

As part of my duties as the vice chair of the Washington DC SIGGRAPH chapter I will be recording a series of Video blogs of the conference.

The idea is to try to capture the conference from the point of view of a local chapter and to give you a taste to you ,what it feels to be here.

Also I will have some cool upcoming surprises. I am right now in LA and we already have started working on the videos for the blog, so keep an eye on this thread for regular updates.

If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas just post them here.

Hope to see you here.

-R

RobertoOrtiz
08-09-2008, 04:44 PM
DAY 1- Friday -August 8th
Goal: Act like a tourist

Highlights:

Drove to Griffith Observatory: http://www.griffithobs.org/
Took Warner Brother Studios Tour: http://www2.warnerbros.com/vipstudiotour/
Went to Downtown Hollywood
Comments:

People in LA drive like maniacs..
Is everyone out here in the movie biz?

Media: (Ill post more as I get more time)

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PartiallyFrozen
08-12-2008, 08:36 PM
Comments:

People in LA drive like maniacs..
Is everyone out here in the movie biz?
[/QUOTE]


Yes
and Yes

azozel
08-12-2008, 10:39 PM
Drivers from Maryland, Utah and Idaho are worse.

Kieguy
08-18-2008, 10:33 PM
Hi Roberto,

In a mode and mood to catch up on some Siggraph08 happenings from last week via some on the spot videos, which I haven't seen much of though I haven't had tons of time last week. Though I did take time one evening to catch the live video presentation on Autodesk's AREA site which was cool. Just want to see more stuff from OTHER companies. ;)

Curious if there's any updates in the works from you and CGsociety.
re: blog...is that a separate blog from the CGsociety's Siggraph 2008 diary page? that is:
http://features.cgsociety.org/siggraph2008/

What's your takeaway on the most important announcements/demos/events/etc. from Siggraph this year...whether or not its from the big companies or small?

Thanks!

RobertoOrtiz
08-19-2008, 05:16 AM
I just got back to DC and I have to upload and edit my videos..

Here is one for the

CGSOCIETY UN-Official Meeting @ SIGGRAPH 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4WhnsdXafc)
I will be uploading more videos and photos during the week.

-R

RobertoOrtiz
08-20-2008, 03:44 PM
I have a big surprise coming tonight,

(I was going to post it tonight, but I have to do some audio work on the video)

anyway here are some stills of the conference:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508036.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508036.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508023.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508023.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508053-1.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508053-1.jpg)
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http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508005.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508005.jpg)
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tomoyasu-hotei
08-20-2008, 06:33 PM
Roberto
that was awesome ...those models were great...
they even started dancing...
Massive Black was great also and good to see their work projected.
and there were plenty of food for everyone...

RobertoOrtiz
08-20-2008, 06:50 PM
Ill add more soon..
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_terminator.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/terminator.jpg)

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RobertoOrtiz
08-20-2008, 07:19 PM
Hey guys this is an early draft of an series of articles I am writing on the conference for my local chapter:

Highlights of the New Technology Secion:
By

Roberto Ortiz

What do miniature sound speakers, a Nitendo Wii control, Haptic touch technologies and state of the art robotics have in common ?



They were a big part of the SIGGRAPH 2008 new technology section. The conference was held at the Los Angeles Convention center during the week of August 11th and it showcased some of the most recent advances in computer graphics research and new human interface technologies.

In past conferences, we have seen the introduction of experimental research projects that are beginning to touch the daily lives of the mainstream public. Some recent examples of these new concepts are devices like the E-Ink displays (That have become in their first generation of commercial products the Sony Reader and the Amazon Kindle), new ways to capture graphical data (High Dynamic Range Images), new ways to display data (The Cave display) and new forms to present 3d content (Web 3d). On the 2008 conference I prominently saw the introduction of new technologies that promise to continue this trailblazing path on innovation.

This year Haptic Devices made a strong showing during the conference. These devices are the methods and technologies that allow for the simulation of sensations for the human senses. The advantage of these new types of interfaces is that they allow for a more complete interaction between an user of a device and the computer device he or she is using.

Here are some examples of the Haptics devices presented at the conference:.

Butterfly Haptics

Ralph Hollis research professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon university recently introduced a new commercial interface device that allows for users to be able to feel interact with computer generated environments. The system uses an electro dynamic connection to control the handle held by the users. The technology is specially designed for the military, artistic and medical fields where tactile devices can provide an significant edge.


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Researchers at various universities in Japan (The University of Electro-Communications, NTT Communication science Laboratories, Tokyo Polytechnic University & the Japan Science and Technology Agency) developed this interface system that simulates the sensation of getting stabbed.

This device looks like two bandolier belts that are worn over the body of user. One belt is worn around the waist and another belt is worn around the neck. VR googles are also worn to display filmed footage to user to complement the experience.

When a series of filmed first person “stabbing scenarios” are show to the user, they can feel a harmless facsimile sensation of being stabbed .Thi experiences is generated thanks to a series of computer controlled speakers that are embedded within the belts. The speakers are specifically designed to project vibrations and not sound.

Bouncing Star Game

Developed by the University of Electronic Communication in Tokyo the Bouncing star game is a new sport that resembles a life size version of the classic game pong. The two player game is played in a in a darkened room where a lighted ball is thrown back and forth both between players over a lighted display. The color of the ball changes depending on the speed that it is thrown. Also graphical effects are shown over the game surface that correspond with the game play.

The system uses a specially designed LED ball that has an build in accelometer l and it detects the position of the ball. A high speed camera mounted on the ceiling tracks the ball position. The idea is to design a new entertainment medium using these new devices

Here are some examples of new and original uses for existing technology

OnLatte Inc

Developed by the OnLatte company, this new printing technology allows for the printing of patterns and designs on the milk foam of a latte espresso coffee. The device that looks like an oversize printer is connected to a standard laptop .

In order to generate printed design, firs the user needs to select an an monochromatic image of the designs he wishes to print. After preparing a standard espresso cup of coffee it is placed within the 3d printer, that uses caramel as its ink to generate ti design on the latte cream.

Atta texana Ant colony project


Developed by Carol LaFayette, from the Texas A&M University

(with collaborators Fred Parke, Ph.D., Vizlab, Carl J Pierce, M.S., P.G.,
Geophysics, Tatsuya Nakamura, MSVS, Visualization, Lauren Simpson,MS candidate Visualization)

The system generates a stereoscopic virtual representation of an ant colony in Texas. The application was created as part of an effort to allow the study of environments in non destructive ways. In orer to do this ground penetrating radar survey was done over an existing ant colony. the collected data was used to develop 3d model that can be navigated using immersive visualization system, that uses a 180 degree display, had stereoscopic display of the 3D data and uses a Nitendo Wii-Mote to control the movement within the environment.



Also Robotics had a huge footprint at this years conference, with special enphasis in human/robotics interactions.


Some notable examples are



Ubot-5

Created by students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the UBot is a test platform that can used to test new ways that robots can help senior community. The little robots looks like a metallic human torso with wheels in the area where the legs would normally be. For the first generation of research, a webcam is mounted on one of the shoulders of the robot and it has the ability to monitor if a person has fallen down.Also the robot can also be used as a mobile web conferencing platform since the robot can go towards a user who might need to use it.

Nexi MDS (Mobile Dexterous Social)

The Nexi MDS was built in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots Group, UMASS Amherst's Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, Xitome Design, and Meka Robotics. Sharing asimilar structure as the Ubot-5 The goal of this project is to support research and education goals in human-robot interaction. The robot can generate an varied expressive range thanks to Nexi's head and face that were designed by Xitome Design in conjuction with MIT. The desing of the rboto has been timed so its movements can mimic human speed.



These are just a small sample of the technologies presenated at this years SIGGRAPH conference. Besides significant advancements in Haptic research, there is a feelign at the conference that stereoscopic technologies are beginning to gain a significant foothold in our everyday world. Also we have seen more \, practical applications for 3d printing and the rethinking of older technologies.



The Annual SIGGRAPH conference has rightfully earned a reputation as place where the changing winds of upcoming technological trends can be measured and if the conference that just ended is any indication we can expect more significant advances in our near future.

RobertoOrtiz
08-20-2008, 07:20 PM
Place holder for A BIG update tonight...

-R

RobertoOrtiz
08-21-2008, 03:58 AM
As promised..

Interview with Animation Mentor Founders:PART 1(of 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZv9DO0hX1Y)
Interview with Animation Mentor Founders:PART 2(of 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7RTgvKRw2Q)
Producer: Roberto Ortiz
Interviewer: Akin Bilgic

Thanks to Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena for a great interview.

Also Thanks to Sundrop media and Spencer Crandall for setting this up.

Hitchcock
08-21-2008, 01:28 PM
Drivers from Maryland, Utah and Idaho are worse.

bring originally from utah and living else where, I would gladly take utah over florida, or cali or any place really on the eastern coast.

But Siggraph was awesome. Thus the point of these topics, not talking about driving.

Hitchcock
08-21-2008, 01:31 PM
I have a big surprise coming tonight,

(I was going to post it tonight, but I have to do some audio work on the video)

anyway here are some stills of the conference:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508036.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508036.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508023.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508023.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508053-1.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508053-1.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508032.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508032.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508005.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508005.jpg)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/th_Section508004.jpg (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b216/robertoortiz1/siggraph2008/Section508004.jpg)


yes and the information before this party was amazing also. Thanks goes out for this one to MassiveBlack, and Autodesk. Since us grunts did not get to thank them directly while we were there.

Kieguy
08-21-2008, 10:56 PM
As promised..

Interview with Animation Mentor Founders:PART 1(of 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZv9DO0hX1Y)
Interview with Animation Mentor Founders:PART 2(of 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7RTgvKRw2Q)
Producer: Roberto Ortiz
Interviewer: Akin Bilgic

Thanks to Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena for a great interview.

Also Thanks to Sundrop media and Spencer Crandall for setting this up.

Awesome!!! Thanks for these interviews and the New Tech hightlights article draft....have to come back for the more complete read.

RobertoOrtiz
08-22-2008, 03:12 AM
More videos:


SIGGRAPH 2008 PARTIES: Autodesk & Chapters Party (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbi_TXU0tIM)
Digital Domain/Recruiting podcast @ SIGGRAPH 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOr7TjeoMeU)

RockinAkin
08-23-2008, 08:38 PM
Man... that guy conducting the interviews totally sucks!
Where did you find that douchebag Roberto? :D

Seriously though, great job so far buddy.

DDS
08-24-2008, 07:27 PM
ah...what would we do without ya :beer:

RobertoOrtiz
08-26-2008, 12:15 PM
More Videos...

Interview with Rhythm & Hues Studios at SIGGRAPH 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqOvgKQvV4A)
What is new in Lightwave? (Interview with Jarrod Davis) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5zYnjdQ8J0)

RobertoOrtiz
08-29-2008, 02:20 PM
More videos:

Video Interview with Jay Roth (Talks about Lightwave 9.5) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVodPGqGfII)
Rome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKb5eOViISI) Reborn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKb5eOViISI)
(I will be posting more soon)

RobertoOrtiz
09-03-2008, 10:11 PM
Dreamworks Recruiting podcast @ SIGGRAPH 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-CsGxPbd6c)

arthur58
09-10-2008, 07:25 AM
Awesome!!! Thanks for these interviews and the New Tech hightlights article draft....have to come back for the more complete read.okkoklokokokok

RobertoOrtiz
09-10-2008, 02:03 PM
hehe.
Work at the office hit me hard this week, so I had to concentrate on other issues.

Anyway, I will be uploading a MULTIPLE part video from Lucas Arts this week.
so keep an eye for it.


-R

RobertoOrtiz
11-17-2008, 04:45 AM
As promised:


LucasArts Recruitment Presentation- PART 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QnnWE03nTg) Fixed!
LucasArts Recruitment Presentation- PART 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG7QlJgQWZY) Fixed!
LucasArts Recruitment Presentation- PART 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFlIMPfIzrM) Fixed!
LucasArts Recruitment Presentation- PART 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lRcCH8OA_s)Fixed!
Video 1
Description of LucasArts Companies:
Description of Entry level Positions
Video 2
Singapore Studios information
Apprentice Program

Video 3
More infromation about entry level jobs
Video 4
Portfolio Advice & Requirements

lifeofillusion
11-18-2008, 02:00 AM
hey roberto...thanks a ton for the videos...the timing of this posts is just perfect what with Siggraph Asia(Singapore), taking off in about 3 weeeks from now ! Cheers!

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