Sep 30 2015

Leap Motion ideas

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note: some of these might also work with Intel’s RealSense dev kit.

1) keyboard hands
It’s a nuisance to type while wearing VR goggles. So mount a Leap device over/near you keyboard, so you can see your hands when they get close. Letting people type reliably without lifting the goggles will be a much appreciated step forward. (when i try to think of productivity VR apps, they’re limited by not being able to type notes).

+ With ReVive you’re walking around a space. just leave your computer keyboard in the space, and let Leap give you an idea of where your fingers are when you get close enough. Maybe 3D print a stand to hold the two hand joysticks, which has Leap mounted on front, so you have a spatial sense of where to go for these options.

+ if it catches on, maybe Leap could sell a simple IR reflective dotted sheet of clear plastic, which users could tape to wall, or their belly, etc. so they could have a keyboard(s) wherever they want, without the clunky physical limits.

+ maybe you could let people cut the cord off some old cheap discarded keyboard, and use it again in VR. (so it’s dead. just there to offer the feel of it’s keys. but VR + Leap makes it come to life again).

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Sep 15 2015

ideas: VR Goggle Apps

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quick list of ideas for Apps we could make for VR goggles:
(feel free to add your own here at the top, or in the comments)

7) Instructional Dining
We have a tool to help IDs keep track of all their current cours. maybe we could make more of a spatial (360) space to help them see and sort them. Maybe benefit would be endless screen space (no more scrolling), and maybe a variety of helpful ways to sort them. Maybe each ID could store their arrangements, and share with each other for a bit of team building (insight into how others do things). Maybe this could build off the existing database backend work.
(maybe we could pull in teacher’s posted office hours? or ntoe their past preferences for audio recording times, to build a visualization of where the density lies?)

+ maybe it could have a fine dining aesthetic, to tie into the chef hat costuming at last year’s Faculty Forum. Go for elegance? treat class planning like recipes? a strong metaphor always helps!
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Sep 14 2015

note: planning to list ideas and cool research around OSU here

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until we set up a new dedicated blog, Warren, Nick, and Mark are hoping to use this dusty old place to house all the innovative ideas we come up with, and all the cool research we hear about around campus.

You are welcome to contribute. If you have an account, you can edit exist posts (otherwise, leave a comment). If you post new things, please tag them with “ideas,” “research,” or “tech.” (so that we can easily find them later, and maybe export to a separate blog)

So for now, Anima is no longer about “Animation advice and advocacy.” New snooty tagline in place.

Name idea, per Nick = “Glom,” or some use thereof. (MS)

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Jan 07 2015

Obscure MP3 encoding problem (between Adobe Auditon and Adobe Flash)

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Couldn’t import MP3s we recorded. I saved them out of Adobe Audition CC. but had to resave them in Adobe Encorder CC, or Flash CC would give me this error “Couldn’t Import [path/]” when I tried to import to library.

Turns out the solution was to change Audition’s “Sample Type” (in the “Save As…” dialogue) so that “sample rate” was 44100 Hz instead of the default 48000 Hz.

just thought it worth noting here, in case it comes up again.

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Mar 25 2014

Using Unity’s Mecanim for Animations

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This is a VERY basic Mecanium tutorial for those who want to take advantage of the example animations found within the video tutorial below. Continue Reading »

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Oct 25 2013

Creating a Control Panel for Animations in Maya 2013

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Here is a brief outline and example of how to create a control panel for animations in Maya 2013. Continue Reading »

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Oct 17 2013

Photoshop : History Brush Tool (3 uses for it)

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I’ve skipped past the History Brush in Photoshop for years. Today I stumbled across 3 cool uses (and was then frustrated that I couldn’t find any quick youtube tutorials on it). Also, recorded a quick camtasia video, to practice the process.
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Oct 14 2013

Particle Flow along a path

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Here are a list of basic instructions and tips for creating a particle flow along a path. This works great for a swarm look. Continue Reading »

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Sep 26 2013

Exporting Flash Movies (two quick notes)

I gave up on exporting Adobe Flash movies years ago, for two reasons. Because the final movie looked so fuzzy / bad / compressed, and because my movieclips didn’t play at all (I thought i’d have to do every animation as new keyframes, with no repeated clips). I’ve figured out both of these problems (and will include export settings below).
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Sep 25 2013

Maya: Instancing a Mesh to Particles

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How to Instance Mesh with Particles – PDF

Above is a PDF guide I created that has step by step screenshot examples of how to instance a mesh and apply it to the particles of a particle emitter.

Below are the easy steps to doing this:

To instance a single object to particles

  1. Select source geometry.
  2. Shift-select the particle shape.
  3. Select Particles > Instancer (Replacement).
  4. To hide the source geometry, select the geometry and select Display > Hide > Hide Selection.

(As a reminder make sure you put extra frames in your timeline so the particles have time to emit… I used 300 frames)


The last two pages of the PDF are examples of altering and scaling the mesh, all of the instanced particles will experience the same alterations as your source mesh.

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