What is Visual SceneMaker?
Visual SceneMaker is an authoring
tool for creating interactive presentations aimed
to non-programming experts. It supports
the modeling of verbal and non-verbal behavior of
Virtual Characters and robots. Therefore, it provides users
with a graphical interface and a simple scripting
language that allows them to create rich and
Virtual Characters with different
SceneMaker’s central authoring
paradigm is the separation of content (e.g. What a
character should say and how) and logic
(e.g. reaction to user input and/or internal processes). The content is organized as a
collection of Scenes which are specified in a
multi-modal scenescript resembling a movie script
with dialogue utterances and stage directions for
controlling gestures, postures, and facial
expressions. The logic of an interactive
performance and the interaction with virtual
characters is controlled by a Sceneflow,
which is a nested graph similar to Harel's statecharts.
Visual SceneMaker Workspace
The implementation of
Visual SceneMaker relies on an
interpreter approach, allowing real-time
visualization of running Sceneflows
Visual SceneMaker has successfully been used in several applications and in field tests with school students and college students proving that it can be a useful educational tool.
|[ Patrick Gebhard, Gregor Mehlmann, Michael Kipp. (2011) ]
Visual SceneMaker — A tool for authoring interactive virtual characters.
Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces July 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1-2, pp 3-11