We headed into the wonderific CGI fray known as SIGGRAPH
this year, and ultimately decided that we need to start checking this out more often. The technical conference just entered its 35th year, with the acronym being for S
roup on GRAPH
ics and Interactive Techniques. While it's evolved into a pretty glorified job fair, they still show off new and impressive technology, have a large section focusing on papers relating to innovation in the field of computer graphics (like this year's "Simulating Knitted Cloth at the Yarn Level") and feature a fun Computer Animation Festival component filled with dozens of short CGI films in competition.
The only gaming companies we noticed in attendance were Activision
, and THQ
, which mostly offered "we want to hire you!" booths, but a lot of the tech behind games was being shown as well. NVIDIA
was demoing "the world's first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer," and the Mova Contour system
was showing off their futuristic looking rig
. Plus, it now seems like everyone and their uncle is creating 3D printers that pump out plastic models
, but that doesn't mean we don't want one.
Read on after the break to find out more, explore the gallery below, and be sure to watch the video that got the biggest laughs, just ahead.