Happy Holidays

Best wishes to everyone!

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The Leap Motion

A few years ago I bought a Wacom Pen & Touch tablet. The “Pen” part is working great but the “Touch” turned out to be utterly useless. But by then I really grew fond of the idea of having a touchpad next to the keyboard, at my left hand, so I kept looking for another solution.

I read about the Leap Motion and it looked very interesting: a high precision low latency motion controller made for desktop use. Their pitch of “waving hands in the air is a revolutionary way to control the computer” is nothing more than marketing: no one likes to hold up their hands in the air for more than a few minutes. However on the forums one of the developers confirmed that it can be used on its side, looking at the table, and that’s when this device turned from gimmick to something potentially useful. I ordered it and started thinking about how to turn my table into a big touchpad with the motion controller.

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Happy Holidays

Best wishes for everyone! :)

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Answering the social call

The start of my active job seeking efforts is marked by the creation of my Twitter account. You can also find me on Google+ or connect through LinkedIn. I’m usually present in the #techart and the #UDKC IRC channels.

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Thoughts on Razer Hydra

Back in 1998 I saw an ad in a local PC magazine: it was about a gamepad which registered tilting. I was awestruck by the simple but great idea and a few weeks later I bought a Sidewinder Freestyle Pro. The following years I played Midtown Madness and Freespace 2 with it, many, many hours, and I’m a fan of motion controls ever since.

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Treasure chest

I’m using this treasure chest from Gavit as the example asset in an upcoming tutorial about realtime, high definition texturing and baking:

All the work is done in Max 2012′s viewport with instant feedback. Well except when it comes to displacement mapping which still needs a MentalRay render (last image).

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