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BLUI: a body language user interface for 3D gestural drawing
Author(s): Arthur William Brody; Chris Hartman
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Paper Abstract

We are developing a system to implement gestural drawing in an immersive 3D environment. We present a virtual artist who draws expressive forms in virtual space. In the art world, the term 'gestural' commonly refers to mark making that drives from the richness of movement of the artist. This focus on the character of motion is much like a similar focus on follow-through in athletic activity. Accordingly, we base the appearance of the rendered image on the body language of the artists, hence the acronym BLUI. BLUI is developed on the ImmersaDESK, an immersive virtual reality environment where the artists wears head-tracking goggles and uses a wand. Information form video, wand, and head tracker is used to generate a virtual artist, whose brush tracks with the wand.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3644, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV, (19 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348456
Show Author Affiliations
Arthur William Brody, Univ. of Alaska/Fairbanks (United States)
Chris Hartman, Univ. of Alaska/Fairbanks (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3644:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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