Patent Number: 7,088,367

Title: Methods and system for general skinning via hardware accelerators

Abstract: Complex computer graphics forms and motions can be constructed either by hand or with motion or geometry capture technologies, once they are created, they are difficult to modify, particularly at runtime. Interpolation provides a way to leverage artist-generated source material. Methodologies for efficient runtime interpolation between multiple forms or multiple motion segments enables computers to perform more realistic animation in real-time. Shape interpolation is applied to predefined figures to create smoothly skinned figures that deform in natural ways. Predefined figures are selected using a search technique that reduces the amount of interpolation required to produce real-time animation.

Inventors: Boyd; Charles N. (Woodinville, WA), Martin; David John (Redmond, WA), Gosalia; Anuj B. (Bellevue, WA), Aronson; David Floyd (Woodinville, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: G06T 15/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018