SIGGRAPH Mobile to highlight advances in handheld technology
July 1, 2013

SIGGRAPH Mobile to highlight advances in handheld technology

ANAHEIM, CA — Now in its second year, the SIGGRAPH Mobile program presents the latest advances in mobile technologies, graphics, and apps. In talks, workshops, panels, and demonstrations, mobile innovators from around the world will explore new graphics techniques, game production for handheld devices, visualizations with augmented reality, and how mobile games can help save the world's rainforests.

“We are very excited about this year's SIGGRAPH Mobile program," says Lars Erik Holmquist, SIGGRAPH Mobile chair and principal research scientist at Yahoo! Labs. "We are seeing a lot of innovation in graphics as well as mobile applications, and it is clear that mobile is now an established part of SIGGRAPH. Some of the top companies in mobile graphics hardware will present their latest technologies, including ARM, Nvidia, Intel, and Qualcomm.”

SIGGRAPH is taking place from July 21 through July 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Mobile highlights will include:

- "Challenges With High-Quality Mobile Graphics"
Sam Martin, Geomerics Ltd.; Marius Bjørge, Sandeep Kakarlapudi, Jan-Harald Fredriksen, ARM Holdings, plc.
This talk identifies and explores potential solutions to the challenges that exist in bringing AAA-quality graphics to mobile, including the new features exposed by OpenGL ES 3.0, the trend to high-resolution screens, and a novel "on chip" deferred-rendering technique for Mali GPUs.

- "Mobile Visual Computing in C++ on Android"
Yun-Ta Tsai, Orazio Gallo, David Pajak, Kari Pulli, NVIDIA Research
This workshop teaches the basics to get started quickly with your visual-computing project on Android using native C++ code, from setting up tools to running your first native application, and it dives into deeper topics, including computer vision with OpenCV, camera control on FCam, and performance tuning. - "Red Ball - Performing With iPads"
Marla Schweppe, Rochester Institute of Technology; Darren Stevenson, PUSH Physical Theatre
PUSH Physical Theatre, a Rochester-based group, added iPads to their traditional tools of magic, mime, and movement in the performance of Red Ball. They added five iPads to the mix, performing with graphics created by Marla Schweppe.
- "Social Reform Through Mobile Gaming" (Seed.Genesis)
Alexis Polanco, Danielle Esmaya, Nathaniel Martin, Bradley Chun, Mateusz Mrowiec, Joseph Hewitt, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Team Seed believes that mobile games provide the level of immersion required to renew society's interest in protecting our rainforests.

- "Sphero Augmented Reality: When Balls Become Beavers" (Pictured)
Jonathan Carroll, Fabrizio Polo, Orbotix, Inc.
The moving robot “fiducial” takes augmented reality on mobile devices to an entirely new level.

- "The Collaborative Composite Image, the MAG Project"
Susan Lakin, David Halbstein, Rochester Institute of Technology
A collaborative project involving students and faculty in the School of Photography and the 3D Digital Design Department of the School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology with the curators of the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) in Rochester created an augmented-reality experience using paintings from the MAG's permanent collection.