After finished I work on Robotar, I had a chance to have it perform with the Machine Orchestra at CalArts, a collection of a bunch of other robotic instruments. A journalist from Wired magazine came by to interview us and wrote this article.
This is a brief recording of the Traces project in action taken by my CalArts mentor Michael Scroggins. Here you can see a participant wearing the headset and drawing shapes as they move around the space.
The headset is connected to the first computer shown inside the road case. The “double vision” effect is due to the eMagin Z800 using alternating frames to pass the stereoscopic images to its display, and I had Unity swapping between the left and right eyes every frame to sync with this.
Any input from the user is also sent via network over to a second computer, seen on the large TV screen. This was another Unity client with a fixed overhead camera view so that any audience members could see what was going on in the participants environment.
Here is a collection of images from my BFA final project. The project was called Traces, it was a virtual reality installation where visitors could don a stereo head mount display and tracked pen, and could then draw 3D forms in the virtual space that danced around the user. I am locating video of the virtual scene itself, but for now I have these images.
This is a video produced with a bunch of students at CalArts during our winter interim period. I wrote a set of MEL scripts in Maya that took the motion capture data and generated these connecting lines. Using that tool, we generated a couple different versions, and combined them together into this final result.
Credits from the Vimeo description: Director: Max Hattler Technical Directors: Scott Peters, Elijah Kleeman Animators: Adeline Newmann, Elijah Kleeman, Emily Dean, Jason Davis Motion Capture: Michael Scroggins Actress: Emily Dean Produced by CalArts & Max Hattler Length: loop Year: 2011