PDA Ananova
Ananova
Home     Your News     News     Entertainment     Sport     Business     Video Reports
Weather     Going Out     TV Guide     Site Directory     News Search     About Ananova
Police pay
NHS
Daniel Pearl
   
BREAKING NEWS: Thousands of people have worshipped a finger believed to belong to the Buddha at a stadium in Taiwan. Full story

Feedback
Corrections

Site Search 


 Ananova : 

 
Virtual stuntman could threaten the real thing

Computer software designers have invented a virtual stuntman.

Unlike virtual actors which have to be generated frame by frame, these computerised cast members respond to real physical forces.

The programs have sensors which detect gravity, friction and impact with other objects in any given situation.

New Scientist reports that its developer Petros Faloutsos, of the University of California in Los Angeles, says they can perform complex yet realistic feats, without anyone risking their lives.

Each 'stunt artist' is a properly jointed skeleton figure which can be dressed to look like a real member of a film's cast.

Faloutsos's big breakthrough was his design for a program which co-ordinates all the other 'controller programmes' needed to run virtual actors.

It also looks at the effects of the virtual environment on each of the character's joints and limbs, and the effects they have on each other.

It even performs instinctive reactions, like extending the hands to protect itself while falling.

ADD THESE SUBJECTS TO YOUR NEWS: Find out how
Amazing science
Inventions
Software

SHARE THIS NEWS:
Email this story to a friend

CHECK FOR MORE ON:
Films
Entertainment
Software
Technology
Amazing science
Inventions
Science and discovery
US
World
Raceclubs.com Join Raceclubs.com online horseracing game and get a $15 sign-up bonus when you buy your first virtual horse. Quote reference code ANA001.
Home - Your News - News - Entertainment - Sport - Business - Weather - Video Reports - Going Out - TV Guide - Site Directory - News Search - About Ananova - Contact Ananova
PDA Ananova
Copyright 2002 Ananova Ltd
Terms and conditions of use - Privacy policy - Corrections