Resources Contact Us Home
Method and apparatus for creating lifelike digital representations of computer animated objects

Image Number 5 for United States Patent #5818461.

The present invention provides methods and apparatus for creating lifelike digital representations of three-dimensional objects. Steps and means are described by which an animator may efficiently select and combine a plurality of animated objects to generate a new animated objects. According to the present invention, an animator may store a plurality of object shapes. To minimize storage, all of the object shapes are stored solely as differences from a base object. To form a new object, an animator may select from the database a number of objects with the desired characteristics and these objects will be blended with one another to create a new object with features that are a combination of the selected objects. The extent to which a selected object is incorporated into the new object may be selected by the animator by assigning each selected object with a weight. The new object is then a sum of each of the differences between each of the selected objects and the base object multiplied by their respective weights. The present invention also includes an improved graphical user interface for animating facial objects.

  Recently Added Patents
Stain-blocking aqueous coating composition
Coating composition, and a process for producing the same
Subscribing to content
Method and device for the detection of defects or correction of defects in machines
Semiconductor devices and methods for changing operating characteristics and semiconductor systems including the same
Advanced joint detection in a TD-SCDMA system
Method and system for simulating wireless networks
  Randomly Featured Patents
Rinsing tray system
Injection molded articles with improved surface characteristics
Use of male essence to alter female endocrine response
Method of making an air electrode material having controlled sinterability
Method for isolating DNA from biological materials
Methods and systems for altering fluorescent intensities of a plurality of particles
Method for increasing filler retention of cellulosic fiber sheets
Position transducer
Combine harvester draper header with pivoting structure within side draper