is an interactive experience in which instrumented plush toys are used
as a tangible, iconic interface for directing autonomous animated characters.
Each character has a distinct personality and decides in real time what
it should do based on its perception of its environment, its motivational
and emotional state, and input from its "conscience," the guest.
By manipulating a stuffed animal corresponding to the character, the guest
can influence how a given character acts and feels.
For example, the guest could have the character wave at another character
by waving its arm, make it squawk by squeezing it, or direct the character's
attention by moving the stuffed animal's head. The characters incorporate
a novel model of behavior and emotion, multi-target motion interpolation
and new techniques for real time graphics. Automatic camera and lighting
control help reveal the emotional content of each scene.
By combining research in autonomous character design, automatic camera
control, tangible interfaces and action interpretation, Swamped! seeks
to create an evocative and novel experience.
Video - 12 MB Quicktime
Medium Video - 28 Mb