Volume: 27 Issue: 6 (June 2004)

Features

Chilling effect
The threat of global warming was put in chilling terms on January 9 when David King, the UK government's chief scientific advisor, wrote in Science magazine that climate change is a greater threat to ...
A BONDing Experience
With the relentless pace of advancements in gaming graphics, the dream of projecting oneself into a movie and playing the hero has been slowly becoming a reality. From casting celebrities for their ...
Fancy footwork
Two mechanical crustaceans—as well as the digital artists who created them—recently proved their mettle on an unusual field of play.
Adver-Driving
With so many console and PC game titles available, why would a person spend time playing advergames—on-line mini-games created by vendors to promote their product lines? The answer, simply, is that ...

Department

Life-Altering Art
For most new technologies, proof-of-concept presentations are often dry demos of basic research in search of an application. In computer graphics, they can be works of art.
Discreet Combustion 3
Discreet's Combustion is a robust, efficient 2D and 3D compositing tool with a host of capabilities that set it apart from the crowd. Among them are intensely cool 2D particle effects, ...
Flat-Panel Face-off
The distinctions stem from the fundamentally different methods the technologies use to produce images. LCD monitors operate by shining light through a thin-film transistor layer and using filters to ...
Products - 6/04 - Part 1

Ray Caesar
Every picture tells a story, but in the case of artist Ray Caesar, his digital imagery speaks volumes. His work has been described as immaculate fragments that when layered together are more like ...
User Focus - 6/04
With help from production facility Boomtown and postproduction house Kinetic, the spot—which adopts the look of a 1950s postcard—condenses the spirited "small town girls live it up in the big city" ...
Houdini 6.1
Houdini is the secret weapon of many top effects and animation houses. Perhaps not as well known as other tools, Houdini is one of the most powerful effects and animation packages on the market. It ...
Products - 6/04 - Part 2

Appro Scorpion WH300
Appro is a respected name in the server market. The company sells high-end servers for a variety of applications. In addition, it uses its expertise in high-end computing to produce graphics ...
Graphic Cards
Matrox Graphics' latest release is the Parhelia PCI 256mb graphics card, offering support for video and composite I/O, as well as multi-board configurations. Priced at $699, the graphics accelerator ...
Interactive Cinema
James Bond is the most successful, enduring film character in history. When creating a visual experience that takes place in the Bond universe, the characters that the audience has grown to know and ...
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