Puppetry in 3D Animations

Speaker: Edward Tse , University of Calgary

Date: Friday, September 02, 2005

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Refreshments: 3:15 PM

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Location: Star Seminar Room (32-D463)

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Host: Jaime Teevan, CSAIL

Contact: Jaime Teevan, 617/253-1611, teevan@csail.mit.edu

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While commercially available 3D tracking technology has allowed filmmakers to capture human motion with great precision, the exorbitant cost of these input devices make them ineffectual for prototyping simple animations. Using the mouse to tweak the position and rotation of various joint angles manually is a time consuming process that often results in unnatural movements if done quickly. This project deals with the concept of mapping the hand motion of a puppeteer directly onto a 3D model. My goal was to create an interface that provided a simple and familiar interface for both puppeteers and novices yet still allowed the expressiveness of the human hand to be mapped to the 3D model.

In this project I explore the use of lightweight and inexpensive tools to allow the motions a 6 Degree of Freedom (DOF) Data Glove to be mapped onto five finger appendage puppets (i.e., one where each finger controls an appendage of the puppet) and orally articulated puppets (i.e., one where the hand controls the mouth of a puppet). The goal of this work is to support the rapid generation of 3D animations suitable for Saturday Morning Cartoons.


Edward Tse is a PhD student at the University of Calgary, Alberta Canada. He is studying under the supervision of Dr. Saul Greenberg in the field of Human Computer Interaction. Edward's Masters Thesis explored the design and implementation of toolkits for rapidly prototyping multi person applications on a single shared display. He has done internships at Smart Technologies and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories on large multi touch displays. Edward has also studied how multiple people use spatial separation and partitioning in a collocated setting with colleagues from MIT's Aero/Astro Lab: Stacey Scott and Jonathan Histon.

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