TOKYO — Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. has developed technology that allows 3-D animated characters with lifelike motions to be used over the Internet.
Matsushita said the technology was developed by techniques that include a way to compress basic motion data to one twentieth its original size.
The technology identifies basic motion and smoothes the transition from one motion to the next .
“Using this new technology, a lifelike 3-D CG character with a complex skeleton can be manipulated just like a real human, even with a low-speed telephone connection,” Matsushita said in a statement.
The new technology will be displayed at Siggraph ’97 in Los Angeles through Aug. 9.