Friday, 29 August 2008

When (salsa) dancing meets tech

Jamiroquai's video called Travelling without moving - as seen below in the Lego version:

what if JayKay actually went and took a new single, and basically 1UPd Radiohead, with their LIDAR usage from their In Rainbows album single - House of Cards

"No cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data. "

Directed by James Frost
Aaron Koblin was the technical director - he did the Flight Patterns project

Very interestingly, some of the data was captured by a Geometric Informatics camera.
And Geometric Informatics were the primary part for the facial sequence in the video - the LIDAR covers the large scale environment shots.
Real-time 3D scanning.

One of their products is GeoVideo

"GeoVideo is a high-resolution (over 600,000 triangles per frame) 3D geometry video acquisition system that provides 3D surface geometry data recording capabilities at 180 frames per second with real-time rendering for previewing geometry video data. The 3D geometry video data is immediately available for recording. Each video frame is captured with texture information that is aligned exactly point for point with 3D geometry."
"GeoVideo captures facial expressions including smiles and grimaces, such as wrinkles on a face and difficult cases such as hair, fur, fluid, and textured cloth.


Pretty soon, the uncanny valley is going to be well and truly bridged. My thoughts are what dance could offer to this, as a way to demonstrate, and also teach.

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