Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Featured Project: KAL’s Virtual George W. Bush Head

Renowned cartoonist Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher came to Direct Dimensions with a caricature sculpture of George W. Bush’s head. His intention was to make a virtual, interactive puppet. Here at Direct Dimensions, we laser scanned and delivered a perfect 3D digital model of Bush to Kal so that his team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) could move into the next phase: animation.

With the help of UMBC’s Imaging Research Center, Kal was able to use the data provided by Direct Dimensions to create a system that makes the virtual Bush head move with the assistance of two human-controlled joysticks. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, featured a retrospective of Kal’s work—Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL, which included the Virtual George W. Bush on display.

Product Focus: The Kreon Zephyr

The Kreon Zephyr scanner is ideal for scanning very small objects. It can be used as a digitizer on a laser scanner and features an accuracy range of 0.001”. Direct Dimensions uses this scanner in a wide range of projects, including the Virtual George Bush project, and highly-detailed work, like miniatures and engine blocks.

Training classes are available for this product, either in our offices, or yours. For further product and purchasing information, please download our Product + Service Catalog, or call 410-998-0880. Ask for Charlie Matlin for training class schedules and purchase details.