NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BIRDS OF PARADISE, HUMAN BIRD GESTURE RECOGNITION
National Geographic asked Unified Field to build interactive experiences that engage visitors for the “Birds of Paradise” exhibit at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC. I authored a post over on the Unified Field blog that covers some of our process building the Dance Dance Evolution game, in which players dance against one another in order to control 3D virtual Parotia birds as they enact actual mating-dance moves that the birds utilize in nature.
The post discusses how we animated the virtual birds in the 3D game environment, the need to construct a work flow to export the models from Maya and import the them into my OpenGL/C++ based 3D environment, prototyping, and correlating human skeletal movement to a bird.
Check it out here.