SIGGRAPH 2001 Emerging Technology Exhibit Movies

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These movies were made by SIGGRAPH TV at SIGGRAPH 2001.

Note: All files are in the Mpeg format.


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Chair's Prerogative Exhibit

This installation, featuring compelling characters with a novel multi-person interface in an expressive graphical setting, allows participants to interact socially with a pack of autonomous wolves. It is an extension of previous work by the MIT Media Lab's Synthetic Characters Group on creation of autonomous virtual creatures.

Technical Innovation

  • Interactive synthetic social behavior

Bill Tomlinson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 USA
Badger [at]

Micro Archiving

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Juried Exhibit

Micro Archiving enables digital archives of small objects like insects. This application demonstrates Micro Archiving's easy acquisition of high-definition 3D models and displays an interactive environment in which visitors interact with virtual bugs.

Technical Innovation

  • High-resolution digitizing of shape and color for tiny objects

Tatsuya Saito
Keio University
5322 Endo Fujisawa
Kanagawa 252-8520 JAPAN


(14.8 Mbytes)
Juried Exhibit

An office chair that senses its occupant through a layer of "artificial skin." The sensingChair opens up new opportunities for human-computer interactions.

Technical Innovations

  • Chair-based HCI
  • Real-time classification of seated posture

Hong Tan
Purdue University
1285 Electrical Engineering Building West
Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1285 USA
hongtan [at]

Everywhere Displays

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Juried Exhibit

An everywhere displays projector uses a rotating mirror to project information onto any surface in an environment. User interaction is detected by a video camera so no physical contact with any computer device is required. In this playful demonstration, an ED projector helps visitors collaboratively render an image composed of M&Ms.

Technical Innovation

  • Responsive projection of information onto real world surfaces

Claudio Pinhanez
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
P.O. Box 218
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 USA
pinhanez [at] cp_research_ed.htm


(10.3 Mbytes)
Juried Exhibit

This augmented desk interface system provides novel man-machine interfaces based on direct manipulation of both real and projected objects with human hands and fingers.

Technical Innovations

  • User-specified object recognition
  • Overlay of interactive functionality
  • Fast and accurate real-time video tracking of multiple hands and fingers

Yoichi Sato
The University of Tokyo
4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-8505 JAPAN
Ysato [at]

Enhanced Reality: A New Frontier for Computer Entertainment

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Juried Exhibit

A new form of computer entertainment that enables movie-like special effects by mixing live video input and computer graphics in real time (Augmented-reality but with an entertainment focus). Participants interact with a virtual character, play with virtual butterflies, and have a "magic" duel.

Technical Innovations

  • Intelligent natural interfaces
  • Video input
  • Collaborative, real-time situated awareness

Richard Marks
Sony Computer Entertainment America
919 East Hillsdale Boulevard
Foster City, California 94404 USA
richard_marks [at]

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Chair's Prerogative Exhibit

A playful theme park filled with fun activities in a 3D world. The core elements of the theme park are two autonomous, real-time interactive characters with individual personalities constructed from believable-agent and interactive-drama technology developed by Zoesis Studios, a spin-off of the Oz project at Carnegie Mellon University.

Technical Innovation

  • Highly interactive, personality-rich autonomous characters
  • Interactive dramatic guidance
  • Interactive music
  • Web-based online delivery

Bryan Loyall
Zoesis Studios
246 Walnut Street, Suite 301
Newton, Massachusetts 02460 USA
bryan [at]


RobotPHONE: RUI for Interpersonal Communication

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Juried Exhibit

A user interface that uses robots as physical avatars for interpersonal communication. It enables users in remote locations to communicate and interact with each other by exchanging the shape and motion of the robot.

Technical Innovation

  • Cooperative mechanical and interpersonal communication via robotic interfaces

Dairoku Sekiguchi
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN
info [at]

Riding the Net

(10.5 Mbytes)
Juried Exhibit

In this speech-based image browser, an interactive window displays a collection of constantly updated images derived from the Internet. As users speak into voice-input devices, keywords generate downloads of corresponding images. Users can interact with the images on the window's surface.

Technical Innovations

  • Voice-driven image retrieval of data mined from the Internet
  • Touch-screen intervention

Christa Sommerer
ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories, Kyoto
2-2 Hikari-dai Seika-cho, Soraku-gun
Kyoto 619-0288 JAPAN
christa [at]