IDF Day 2: Renee James: "Developing for the Future of Computing"
InTru3D, Silverlight, Moblin, Rage, and Visual Adrenaline
As a proof of concept of the capabilities of the technology, DreamWorks animators took what was already a difficult to render scene from Kung Fu Panda and re-rendered it, this time in 3D. The demo was conducted with the audience wearing polarized glasses and a pair of special projectors transmitting the image(s) onto a special screen. The effect was very impressive. Katzenberg wasn't done with the eye candy, however. Next up was a sneak peak of what will be the "first 3D, CG animated film," Monsters vs. Aliens, which is due in theaters on March 27, 2009. (We're including shots of the two clips; but they are obviously blurry as this is what the images look like when viewing them without the polarized glasses.)
James next brought out Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager for Intel's System Software Division. Fisher talked about the open-source Moblin developer platform for Atom-based MIDs. The goal of Moblin is to create a broad set of developer tools for creating applications and services for the Atom-based MID platform that utilize the Internet, rich media, visual computing, and to even add 3D and physics to the platform. Fisher said that in 2009 the applications will be much more visually compelling as a result of the ongoing Moblin platform development.
Switching gears, James brought out to the stage, John Carmack, co-owner and Technical Director of Id Software. Carmack showed a demo of the still-in-development, post-apocalyptic game, Rage. Carmack talked briefly about the different ways that the game utilizes threading and multi-core support.
The last tidbit of James's keynote was an announcement of a new developers' program for visual computing experts, called Visual Adrenaline. The initiative is meant as a community and resource pool for programmers developing games, video, and other visually-rich applications for Intel platforms, including Larrabee.
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IDF Day 1: Craig Barrett Keynote: "Inspiring Innovation"
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IDF Day 2: Anand Chandrasekher: "MIDs: Platform for Innovation"
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