Pen-to-mime: A Pen-Based Interface for Interactive Control of A Human Figure

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The Eurographics Association
This paper presents a pen-based intuitive interface to control a virtual human figure interactively. Recent commercial pen devices can detect not only the pen positions but also the pressure and tilt of the pen. We utilize such information to make a human figure perform various types of motions in response to the pen movements manipulated by the user. A figure walks, runs, turns and steps along the trajectory and speed of the pen. The figure also bends, stretches and tilts in response to the tilt of the pen. Moreover, it ducks and jumps in response to the pen pressure. Using this interface, the user controls a virtual human figure intuitively as if he or she were holding a virtual puppet and playing with it. In addition to the interface design, this paper describes a motion generation engine to produce various motions based on the parameters that are given by the pen interface. We take a motion blending approach and construct motion blending modules with a set of small number of motion capture data for each type of motions. Finally, we discuss about the effectiveness and limitations of the interface based on some preliminary experiments.

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Sketch Based Interfaces and Modeling
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Joaquim Armando Pires Jorge and Eric Galin and John F. Hughes
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Pen-to-mime: A Pen-Based Interface for Interactive Control of A Human Figure
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Oshita, Masaki
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The Eurographics Association
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