Preview of Wolfram Visualization Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2006
July 31, 2006--Wolfram Research is exhibiting at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston,
Massachusetts, from July 30 through August 3. Wolfram's
Mathematica has long been known for its
functionality and prototyping environment, but new technologies currently
under development will solidly establish the company as a key provider of
interactive graphics and visualizations. Wolfram representatives will
demonstrate current and upcoming features in booth #1501 in the main
exhibit hall, and Director of Research and Development Roger Germundsson
will also give a presentation on Tuesday, August 1, at 2 p.m. EDT in the
AMD booth (#806).
Wolfram's presence at SIGGRAPH signifies the onset of a new era in
technical visualization. Mathematica has always allowed users to do
analytic explorations, but now it highly improves the visual experience
and expands the possibilities for technical visualization in mainstream
applications. Upcoming technologies enable users to harness all
Mathematica's renowned symbolic and numeric capabilities to create
high-quality, interactive graphics and images.
Mathematica's ability to adopt virtually any format--including
own custom extensions--for multidimensional printing and post-processing
what attracted the attention of 3D-printer Z Corporation, which is also
exhibiting at SIGGRAPH this year. The upcoming advancements in
also include optimization and implementation of features in products from
other Wolfram partners, including 3Dconnexion (a Logitech company), NVIDIA
Corporation, Scalable Display Technologies, and SensAble Technologies. All
these companies will be exhibiting at SIGGRAPH 2006, and event attendees
may see some Wolfram technologies on display in their booths as well.
With Mathematica, what was previously impossible will now be
the everyday user, as many complex visualizations can be
accomplished with a single command. "By figuring out how to incorporate
adaptive methods into surface plotting algorithms, Mathematica has
users to generate spectacular renditions of both familiar and unfamiliar
surfaces. I speak from experience when I say it can take months to develop
the proper coordinate system for a particular surface. Wolfram's new
adaptive approach gets the same result using very general methods that are
very robust, for standard coordinate systems and for parametrically
defined surfaces as well, which widens the scope tremendously," said Dr.
Stan Wagon, an award-winning mathematical sculptor, author, and professor.
"We are very excited by the features we've currently got in
development, and we know users will be as well," said
Germundsson. "We've had a lot of interest in our new functionality and
formats, so we encourage people to come see us at SIGGRAPH and look
for us at other venues. We think everyone--especially those working
with active content, peripheral extensions, and post-processing
techniques--will be very pleasantly surprised to find out
what Mathematica is capable of, and to realize the resultant
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