New entries on "Software Study Notes"

I added two new software applications to "Software Study Notes"; They are:
pCov, PMD Mob Character Assembler.
// 「ソフトウェアまとめ」に2つ新しいエントリを追加しました."pCov"と"PMD Mob Character Assembler" です.
  • pCov is a quite special purpose tool that estimates the coverage of the compiled text in a speech synthesis corpus. The analysis target is a text for recording continuous speech meant for UTAU, primarily, and possibly for other singing-voice / speech synthesis. This is developed by nwp8861.
  • PMD Mob Character Assembler is a tool to build a PMD, or the model data for MMD, quickly.
    // PMD Mob Character Asemblerは,MMD用modelデータであるPMDをすばやく制作するためのツールです.


Sneak preview of "VocaloForecast2011"

Well, astonishingly, a new year is coming quite soon :-O
In early January I'll be presenting "Zhuo's Vocaloid forecast - things that are likely to take place in 2011" --- note, however, that this is my personal guess and there is no guarantee at all.
Anyway, I'll give you a sneak preview of it:

A research organization N in Japan, which demonstrated its novel 3D electronic holography in CEATEC 2010,
demonstrates an improved version of the system, displaying a breath-taking 3D movie of Hatsune Miku singing and dancing to the music!
Ok, that's it for now :-) those who are interested, please have a look at these first:
NICT Introduces the World’s First Color Electronic Holography Display System with 15° Viewing-Zone Angle and 4-cm Diagonal Display Size
NICT Digital Holography : DigInfo

No no, Miku was not in a hologram at the concert

Long time no see, hehe

Well, this weekend I came across so many articles in newspapers all over the world that introduced Hatsune Miku as a new virtual pop singer in Japan.
I won't list them up all here --- instead please follow the link below to visit "Hatsune Miku Miku", a very popular blog site to find the complete listings:

I'm just amazed to see Miku attracting attention of those news media, all of sudden. Just imagining how many people all over the world read those articles to encounter Hatsune Miku, and so-called "Vocaloid movement" around her, I can't find a word to describe what I feel.
One thing I was disappointed at, however, was that most articles explained the graphics technology used in the live concert was a "hologram"; No, no. It wasn't a hologram. The fact was, a huge semi-transparent screen was set up on the stage, and the graphics was projected from behind the screen. As far as I know, SEGA, a major game company which planned this concert, prepared the 3D computer graphics --- models, costumes, dancing motions, lighting, shading and all -- rendering specially for that live event.
The graphics the audience saw was, therefore, just a normal 2D movie projection on the screen --- however, interestingly, the carefully designed lighting plan and the distance between the stage and the audience made the virtual singer's images so realistic that Miku just looked as if she were there in the real 3D world.

By the way, does anybody out there know about "film concert"? About thirty years ago, it was a pretty common event, at least in Japan. In a movie theater, a film of a live concert of an idol singer was projected on the screen --- a lot of her/his fans came to watch, cheer, yell, sing out loud -- to the physically empty screen ! Some even threw colorful paper tapes, I heard. --- You know what I mean. Fans come to the live event not only to see the idol in front of you --- but to see other fans to show and share the love to the idol together.

Anyway, the point is: In the concert in March 2010, Miku was in 3D computer graphics projected on a transparent screen, not in a hologram.

So far.

Glass-free 3D TV sets are getting more and more common, and "realtime hologram" should come true some day. I'm totally sure we will be enjoying the live performances of virtual idols. Miku is likely to be the first, I bet you --- remember, Miku means "future".

For more complete information on "HATSUNE MIKU movement", please visit the official site (below):

What is the "HATSUNE MIKU movement"?(Crypton Future Media)

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