(Source: gamasutra.com) Looking ahead, how long do you think it will be before real-time computer graphics are 100% realistic like a movie?

There are two parts to the graphical problem. Number one, there are all those problems that are just a matter of brute force computing power: so completely realistic lighting with real-time radiosity, perfectly anti-aliased graphics, and movie-quality static scenes and motion.

We’re only about a factor of a thousand off from achieving all that in real-time without sacrifices. So we’ll certainly see that happen in our lifetimes; it’s just a result of Moore’s Law. Probably 10-15 years for that stuff, which isn’t far at all. Which is scary — we’ll be able to saturate our visual systems with realistic graphics at that point.


(Source: features.cgsociety.org) Space may be the final frontier, but the ever-expanding capabilities of visual effects are nipping at its heels. And where the two meet, there is Star Trek.

In just six months, roughly 800 visual effects shots from Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and 150 from Digital Domain (DD) in four months helped to bring J.J. Abrams\u2019 vision to the big screen.



(Source: weblogs.variety.com)   Image Metrics, the facial motion capture company, has announced that London vfx studio Double Negative is beta-testing Image Metrics’ latest offering. Image Metrics uses an array of miniature cameras to do markerless facial performance capture, then uses that data to animate a CGI face. It’s been used to let actors perform a new commercial “starring” “I Love Lucy” characters Fred & Ethel, for example.

Image Metrics’ software was repurposed by Digital Domain for one part of its “Benjamin Button” pipeline, but DD’s pipeline was cobbled together with technology from several sources, including Image Metrics’ rival Mova.

(Source: thestar.com)  Sir Elton John was waxing so eloquently on Ontario’s burgeoning film animation industry today that Premier Dalton McGuinty jokingly offered him a cabinet post.The pop star and the politician were at Starz Animation, which is producing a new animated movie called Gnomeo and Juliet for John’s film company, Rocket Pictures.

McGuinty said the Ontario government is giving a $23 million grant to Starz to create new jobs.

John said he picked Starz from a long list of similar companies in the industry and was “overwhelmingly blown away…Ontario is a hotbed of talent.”

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(Source: Inhabitat.com) Music becomes a sustainable experience with Shepeleff Stephen’s solar-powered, bluetooth-connected Q-Sound (quantum sound) headphones. The Romanian engineering student’s sleek design combines flexible, hexagonal solar panels, wireless technology, and rotating earpieces for a futuristic yet practical product that powers itself on the go.

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Since the headphones are Bluetooth-enabled, they can connect wirelessly to MP3 devices, cell phones–anything with Bluetooth capability. That means you can chat with your friends and rock out to music without moving a muscle. The Q-Sound headphones can also connect to any audio device with a 3.5mm jack.

    
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