First up was their concept of the serial processing of a CPU. They devised a robot, which they dubbed "Leonardo," that rapid-fired paintballs at a target, creating the image of a smiley face. It was a pretty impressive sight, at least until the audience saw what came next. Leonardo did a good job, but wasn't up the challenge of creating a more complex work of art.
Then they unveiled their machine to simultaneously fired 1102 paint balls, a metaphor for the parallel processing power of a GPU, producing a copy of that most famous smile of all, the Mona Lisa.
It was an original, entertaining, and insightful end to a great conference.
The winners of the NVArt competition were:
1. Fusion, by Heiko Klug (seen below)
2. Cock and the Centipede, by Jason Lynch
3. When Tliali Calls You, by Carlos Ortega Elizalde
The Best Demoscene Demos were:
1. Stargazer, by Andromeda & Orb
2. Into the Pink, by Plastic
The Best Demoscene 4K Demos were:
1. Texas, by Keyboarders
2. Receptor, by TBC
The Machinima award went to Server Side, by Cyphermind
And the NVISION 08 Judge's Award went to The Ship, by Mednios
These companies have produced some of the most exciting innovations in visual computing that have been seen in years, many of which were on display in the Exhibit Hall or demonstrated during various presentations during NVISION 08.
Two companies in particular were called out during the NVISION 08 closing ceremony as deserving of special notice.
The award for Best Application of Visual Computing went to Total Immersion for their concept of "augmented reality," which combines features of the real world with a virtual environment.
And the award for Most Promising Emerging Company went to Nurien Software, for their work in combining graphics, virtual worlds, and social networking.
Counterstrike: PGS.MYM, Poland
Counterstrike Women: SK-GAMING, USA
Quake 3: CYPHER, Belarus
DOTA: ZENITH, Singapore
Warcraft 3: WHO, Korea
Trackmania: FROST BUELE, Sweden
Congratulations to all who participated!
See you all at NVISION 09.
Also be sure head on over to the official NVISION Blog, but also remember to check back here often as we continue to add to the list of the day's highlights.