Immersion and Digital Element Introduce
MicroScribe Digitizer Plug-in
for Maya for Mac OS X
SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, CA, August 10, 2004 - Immersion
Corporation (Nasdaq: IMMR), a leading developer and licensor of touch
feedback technology, and Digital Element, Inc. (Oakland, Calif.), a software
developer specializing in 3D programming, today announced MicroScribe®
Connections for Maya for Mac OS X. This new software plug-in will enable
Immersion’s MicroScribe 3D digitizer to work directly in the popular
Maya software running on Mac OS X.
The Academy Award-winning Maya software is an integrated 3D modeling,
animation, effects, and rendering solution used by film and video artists,
game developers, visualization professionals, and Web and print designers.
MicroScribe digitizing products let users construct detailed computer
models simply by tracing over the contours of a physical object. The new
plug-in from Digital Element provides seamless data flow from the MicroScribe
system to Maya. Digital Element has exclusive marketing and distribution
rights to the new software.
“For years Maya users on the PC have had great success with our
MicroScribe digitizer, used in the creation of feature length animations
such as Shrek,” says Tim Tight, vice president and general manager,
Immersion’s Industrial Group. “We are dedicated to the Mac
user community and the ease and speed that the MicroScribe system provides
will be a welcome feature for them. High performance 3D digitizing is
absolutely necessary for many creative applications, and it’s very
important that you can now get it on the Mac, the preferred platform of
many creative professionals.”
“Developing software products that enhance creative applications
is what we do best,” says Don McClure, president of Digital Element.
“Many Mac users have been waiting for MicroScribe digitizer support
in Maya, and I’m very pleased that we can offer such an easy-to-use
“The combination of Maya’s 3D and special effects tools with
Apple’s powerful Mac OS X technologies has further advanced the
creative workflow of Mac artists,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s
vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “The tight integration
of the MicroScribe digitizer within Maya takes advantage of the reliability
and high performance graphics rendering engine of Mac OS X.”
MicroScribe Connections for Maya give designers direct access to MicroScribe
system settings through an integrated menu, allowing for detailed control
over the modeling process. A Custom Reference Frame feature provides quick
alignment between the MicroScribe system and the Maya workspace. Advanced
digitizing features include Scan Planes and time or distance Auto Plotting.
In addition, any Maya object can be parented to the virtual MicroScribe
cursor, making dynamic light and camera placement fast and easy. The Mac
plug-in supports Maya 6.0 and above for Mac OS X. MicroScribe Connections
for Maya for Mac OS X is fully compatible with all USB-capable MicroScribe
About Digital Element (www.digi-element.com)
Founded in 1999 in Oakland, CA, Digital Element is a software engineering
firm specializing in 3D programming. In addition to its Technology-on-Demand
program, which provides 3D programming services to a diverse array of
organizations, Digital Element develops and distributes software products
and services to film and television animators, video game designers, web
developers, architects, and landscape designers.
About Immersion (www.immersion.com)
Founded in 1993, Immersion Corporation is a recognized leader in developing,
licensing, and marketing digital touch technology and products. Bringing
value to markets where man-machine interaction needs to be made more compelling,
safer or productive, Immersion helps its partners broaden market reach
by making the use of touch feedback as critical a user experience as sight
and sound. Immersion’s technology is deployed across personal computing,
entertainment, medical training, automotive, and 3D simulation markets.
Immersion and its wholly-owned subsidiaries hold more than 230 issued
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or consumer and market acceptance of force feedback products in general;
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products or a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of force feedback
as a critical user experience.
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