Proceedings: GI 2002

A Desktop Input Device and Interface for Interactive 3D Character Animation

Sageev Oore, Demetri Terzopoulos, Geoffrey Hinton

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2002: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 27 - 29 May 2002, 133-140

  • BibTeX

     title = {A Desktop Input Device and Interface for Interactive {3D} Character Animation},
     author = {Sageev Oore and Demetri Terzopoulos and Geoffrey Hinton},
     booktitle = (Proceedings of the Graphics Interface 2002 Conference, May 27-29, 2002, Calgary, Alberta, Canada},
     url = {},
     year = {2002},
     month = {May},
     location = {Calgary, Alberta},
     pages = {133--140}


We present a novel input device and interface for interactively controlling the animation of graphical human character from a desktop environment. The trackers are embedded in a new physical design, which is both simple yet also provides significant benefits, and establishes a tangible interface with coordinate frames inherent to the character. A layered kinematic motion recording strategy accesses subsets of the total degrees of freedom of the character. We present the experiences of three novice users with the system, and that of a long-term user who has prior experience with other complex continuous interfaces.