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SIGGRAPH 2012 – Emerging Technologies highlights

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We take a look at some of the exciting highlights we can expect to experience at SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies

SIGGRAPH 2012 Emerging Technologies is to welcome 26 of the latest developments in 3D displays, robotics, interactive input devices and more, with a unique hands-on opportunity to interact with this technology before they become the next hot thing in mainstream media.

Various highlights from the upcoming show have been revealed by SIGGRAPH, and they’re exciting indeed. Firstly there’s the TELESAR V: TELExistence Surrogate Anthropomorphic. Designed at The University of Tokyo, the TELESAR V enables users to bind with a dexterous robot and experience what it feels with its fingertips when manipulating and touching objects remotely. Could this be the first step to humans being able to safely explore and experience Mars without the need to step foot on the planet?


The MIT Media Lab is also set to show off the rather technologically scary sounding Tensor Displays: Compressive Light-Field Synthesis Using Multilayer Displays With Directional Backlighting. Essentially these are glasses-free 3D displays, which can be viewed as such from any angle. We won’t try to explain exactly how it works; that job is best left to MIT itself:


Finally, the Tokyo Metropolitan University is to showcase Gocen: A Handwritten Notation Interface for Musical Performance and Learning Music. Gocen is a small Optical Musical Recognition device that can detect musical notation from handwritten notes. Connect it to a MIDI instrument and it will play the notes as the Gocen’s sensor bar is traced over them:


SIGGRAPH 2012 has also released a preview video of the Technical Papers that we can expect to see at the event:



To learn more about the Emerging Technologies, Technical Papers or Art Papers at this year’s SIGGRAPH just click the highlighted links. SIGGRAPH 2012 is taking place between the 5th and 9th of August later this year.