“Movie-maps: An application of the optical videodisc to computer graphics” by Lippman

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    Movie-maps: An application of the optical videodisc to computer graphics



    An interactive, dynamic map has been built using videodisc technology to engage the user in a simulated “drive” through an unfamiliar space. The driver, or map reader, is presented with either sparsely sampled sequences of images taken by single frame cameras that replicate actual imagery from a space, or with computer synthesized replicas of those images. The reader may control the speed, route, angle of view and mode of presentation of this information and may thus tour the area. In addition, he may access spatially stored ancillary data stored in the buildings or in locales in the environment. This basic map is being enhanced to provide topographic views, and to incorporate optical and electronic image processing to provide a more responsive, visually complete representation of an environment.


    1. Simulation of wrinkled surfaces, James Blinn, SIGGRAPH 1978.
    2. An improved illumination model for shadow display, Turner Whitted, SIGGRAPH 1979.
    3. Ibid.

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