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Motion Swarms: Video Interaction in Complex Environments

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Description of Technology

Researchers at the University of Calgary have developed a motion-based computer vision system for user interaction that is especially well-suited for complex environments. This computationally light system is ideal for applications where traditional movement detection-based interaction systems struggle, such as outdoor spaces, and it can easily accomodate multiple simultaneous users of up to a virtually unlimited number.

Through creative design of the particle physics involved in the interaction environment, the Motion Swarms system can be adapted to a wide variety of applications. It has been used for interactive swarm art, interacting with single users up to whole crowds. It can also be used to implement GUI objects such as sliders, buttons, dials, and menus that can be combined to build a fully functioning user interface. The system can also be used to design video games that do not require controllers for game play.

Areas of Application
  • Digital interactive signage and kiosks
  • Art installations
  • Video games
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Competitive Advantages
  • Easily interacts with any number of users simultaneously - from large crowds to a single user
  • Ideal for complex environmnents such as outdoor areas where there may be a background movement, changing light levels, and other uncontrollable variables
  • Computationally light
Stage Of Development
  • Used in a number of interactive swarm art installations
  • Implemented in a number of GUI widgets
  • Video game applications have been developed