Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2012 Updates

In my effort to have the lamest blog in the history of academics that somehow wont die, here is an update for 2012.  Just a bunch of random stuff.

Peter-Pike Sloan and I have an office-mate for a year while he's visiting from his ongoing post at Iowa: Chris Wyman.   When I first met these two I knew a lot and they knew a little.  Actually let's not go there.

I am giving a physically-based rendering course at SIGGRAPH Asia in Singapore this year.   I'm very curious to attend and look forward to it.  Given that TOG papers are now presented at SIGGRAPH I finally think the technical program at SIGGRAPH (both) has a bandwidth that approximately matches the good papers being submitted, so optimistic.  Please comment if there are cool things to see at the conference or in Singapore in general.

I upgrade my laptop whenever there are big improvements in screen technology.  I got the lowest end MacBook Retina display (with lovely nvidia graphics of course) and am in love.  I finally can shed the desktop as it turns out that all these years I wanted a big screen for all the pixels and not the size of the screen.

I am 99.9% recovered from my car wreck a year ago.  If you can afford it, buy side-air bags.  Note I ignored that advice so I expect you all to as well!

The trend in graphics people writing iPhone apps continues.

Morgan McGuire has a really cool iphone app on graphics formulas and concepts.  It's The Graphics Codex

A friend and some others whom may or may not be anonymous (they can comment if they are willing to reveal themselves) have done a cool NPR app that is very nice but has a nice side effect I think is killer: it makes blurry photos look just fine.   It's called Glaze

My ex-student Kurt Zimmerman has done a fortune telling app that finally gets a platonic solid into a real program: the Lucky Fortune 9 Ball.   The "feature" of this program is that you can either let the yes/no answers be random, or control them yourself by finger placement.  Perhaps that is a rebellion from his Monte Carlo work?   Although I have not even seen the code for this app, I did buy piece of it from Kurt as I think cheating is "in".

Other ex-students the Gooches have some NPR apps as well, one of which is on free promotion today-- get it!   Both PencilFX and ToonPaint are described at their web site

If anyone else has done an app, put it in the comments.  I am wondering if it's a trend. 


MaltZero said...

Geomerics have developed an app that demonstrates their real-time radiosity lighting tech running on iOS/Android:

Robert Zeh said...

If you're going to be in Singapore you should try to see the Zoo, both during the day and night. Hanging around the Zoo during the night, outdoors and in sunlight, is also a great way to handle the jet lag.

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