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Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming

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Sound Scope headphones

The Sound Scope Headphones let users control an audio mixer through natural movements of the head and hands.

University of Tsukuba

ACM SIGGRAPH 2009's Emerging Technologies will feature demonstrations and juried interactive installations from numerous fields, including alternative displays, robotics, input interfaces, gaming, audio, haptics and virtual reality, and experimental sensory experiences. "These installations showcase how technology and computer graphics might soon be enhancing the average person's everyday work and life," says SIGGRAPH 2009 Emerging Technologies chair Manabu Sakurai. "From helping those with physical challenges to improving the entertainment experience, Emerging Technologies offer a unique look into the future at how complex technologies can have a major impact."

For example, the Sound Scope Headphones, developed at the University of Tsukuba, allow users to control an audio mixer through natural movements. The UnMousePad, developed at the University of Texas and Gotham Wave Games, is based on a flexible and inexpensive sensor technology called IFSR that allows for the acquisition of high quality multi-touch pressure images. The University of Tokyo has developed Touchable Holography technology, which provides tactile feedback for holographic images projected into space. Touchable Holography technology could be used to create a new class of video games, educational technology, or advertising opportunities that offer touchable graphic displays.

SIGGRAPH 2009 takes place August 3-7 in New Orleans. View a SIGGRAPH 2009 preview video.

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