A different kind of taskmanager

I just found this article accidentally while having my first cup of coffee in the morning. From time to time I urgently need something like this to replace the default windows taskmanager.
Doom as a tool for system administration

The Virtual Yacht has a new homepage

The Virtual Yacht is a novel interactive configuration system for boats which is currently being developed by five students from Düsseldorf in Germany.
For information on future development of the yacht configuration system, please visit our project site.

Fast Lattice Shape Matching in Unity3D

This is just a little Unity3D wrapper for Alec Rivers FastLSM Library.


Antopia and the Queen (Early Shots)

Shinni the queen ant is worried. She has to protect the inhabitants of Antopia. But in the sandy desert land reigns Stella, the fat poisonous spider, and Charma, the sharp-tongued chameleon. Both want to eat the small six-legged friends and are waiting only on the right opportunity to catch one of the ants. They all live in a virtual terrarium, that has been developed by a group of master students from FHD.

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ESP (Eye Strain Protector)

I dislike reading Web pages which use a very bright font on a dark background. It just gives me headache… For this reason I decided to write an extension for our beloved Firefox that hopefully resolves that problem.

Result of this afternoon, is the ESP (Eye Strain Protector). When activated, ESP will set the font color of all text elements to black and the background to a neutral gray.

Download at your very own risk. I do not take any responsibility what so ever.

Render-Cluster im MSL

This project was created during my time as a research assistant at the HFU.

It is basically an interactive virtual tour through the building of the college. Potential students who want to learn about the institutions of the university can use this system to explore the campus in a virtual environment. They are accompanied by a three-dimensional agent, who guides them through the environment and assists in the navigation. Read more »

The idea for the thesis

In the summer semester 2003, the students Michael Brempel and Frank Rehklau were working on an image film for our university which consists of a tracking shot through a three-dimensional model of the university and the adjacent area.

When I first saw the film, I have been concerned with 3d-programming for some time already. I was used to rotate models, move them around and look at them from the angles of my choice. The film was not an interactive 3D application, but a pre-rendered sequence of individual images. Therefore i have decided to reuse the models as a basis for a realtime application. In this appliction it should be possible to navigate through the environment and explore the campus in an interactice fashion. Michael Brempel kindly made his models available for this purpose.

To allow for a practical use of the application, i integrated an artificial threedimensional agent, that assists potential students in the spatial orientation within the scene and also shows the way to the interesting points. Especially in the first semester many students lack an overview of the campus and they regularly have to search for specific institutions of the university.

Where can I find the registrar’s office? Where can I find the lecture room L-112? And what exactly is the reactor room?

I have been asking me questions of this kind frequently at the beginning of my studies. The purpose of this application is to identify the answers to those questions directly within the virtual world by interacting with the agent.