Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tech Break: Realistic Mo-Cap

This is one of the most amazing demos of the future of motion capture (mocap). The above video is of a computer simulation. It is not a real person!

Instead of sticking tiny reflective stickers on a persons face, a simple video capture is used and then analyzed.

The movements are then mapped onto your computer simulated model.

Reminds me of the movie S1m0ne that starred Al Pacino. But even darker, we can think of Wag the Dog and Johnny Mnemonic where computer simulations are used to trick people.

This technology created by Image Metrics.

The technology will not replace actors entirely, but more likely good-looking bad actors. You still need a good actor who can emote with facial expression well, but he needn't be just the right face.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nuggets Food of Champions

This is what Usain Bolt ate before winning his 100m race in world record time: Chicken McNuggets.

Dangers of Singapore Winning Gold

Today, the Singapore women's team will be competing against China for the team table tennis gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

The only question on my mind is will Singapore be beaten 3-0 or 3-1? (To stretch the event to 5 matches is unthinkable).

Punditry aside, it's actually more dangerous for Singapore to beat China.

Why? Because Singapore is like (as others have said) China's B team. All the team members were recruited from China. 1999, 2007 and 2008 being the years they became Singapore citizens.

If Singapore do win, Singapore will have lost the talent pool on which to draw from more talent. China will surely shut the door on Singapore. "We made a mistake. We shouldn't have let them poach any of our table tennis players. We won't make the same mistake again."

It's just my opinion.