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SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Emerging Technologies Line-Up

The program includes 14 projects, each providing a glimpse into the future; the premier conference and exhibition in computer graphics & interactive techniques runs live online August 9-13, with on-demand content available August 2 – October 29.

SIGGRAPH 2021 revealed its line-up of 14 projects chosen for its Emerging Technologies program, which offers virtual participants a first look at compelling new experiences and their enabling technologies. Along with video presentations, selected projects for 2021 will also make short technical papers available for conference participants. The live event runs August 9-13, with content available online and on-demand August 2 - October 29.

“SIGGRAPH 2021 Emerging Technologies shows that despite the pandemic, significant advances were made in interactive techniques and computer graphics,” shared SIGGRAPH 2021 Emerging Technologies Chair Paul Dietz. “In fact, a number of the projects selected for the virtual conference were inspired by the desire to connect people who could not be physically together during this past year.”

The program has a long history of providing a glimpse into the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques. That tradition continues in 2021 with a program that features virtual exhibits from universities and corporations including Nvidia and Princeton University, that cover a broad range of topics.

What is it like to play games against an intelligent swarm of drones? Can you really alter the taste of wine by changing how heavy it feels? How do you operate a touch screen during a pandemic when you are afraid to touch it? In addition to answering these questions, the 2021 program highlights include:

Behind the Game: Implicit Spatio-temporal Intervention in Inter-personal Remote Physical Interactions on Playing Air Hockey

On-demand: August 2-13; Live Q&A: Wednesday, August 11, 5 pm PDT

This study, from The University of Tokyo and Sony Computer Science Laboratories, explores how well-balanced, interpersonal, physical games can be achieved between a remote player and a local player using air hockey as a testbed. The team proposes an approach that assists remote player actions without compromising the sense of agency by leveraging context-aware computation. Details.

Reverse Pass-Through VR

On-demand: August 2-13; Live Q&A: Friday, August 13, 3 pm PDT

Facebook Reality Labs’ reverse pass-through VR headset captures a 3D image of the wearer's eyes and displays them to outside viewers with a perspective-correct light field display, allowing gaze cues to support social copresence interactions. Details.

Augmented Reality Representation of Virtual User Avatars Moving in a Virtual Representation of the Real World at Their Respective Real World Locations

On-demand: August 2-13; Live Q&A: Tuesday, August 10, 10 am PDT

From Nakamir and Alpinschule Innsbruck, this application allows a user with an augmented reality display (smartphone or Hololens 2) to watch another player, flying an airplane in the Microsoft Flight Simulator, at their respective location in the real world, provided that the player is flying close to the AR user’s location. Details.

Demonstrating Touch&Fold: A Foldable Haptic Actuator for Rendering Touch in Mixed Reality

On-demand: August 2-13; Live Q&A: Monday, August 9, 5 pm PDT

Touch&Fold, from researchers at University of Chicago, is a finger-worn device that lets users feel both real and virtual objects by quickly moving an actuator on to the finger pad only when needed. Details.

Additional information about SIGGRAPH 2021 is available here.  

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