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IEEE Computer Volume 15 Number 6 -- NEW APPLICATIONS & RECENT RESEARCH Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131508D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 4 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Demetrios Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+2]


NEW APPLICATIONS & RECENT RESEARCH ** Medflies. * Artists and computer join forces on San Francisco TV * Gourmet superstore steps into the computer age * System may streamline theater ticket sales * Data bank counts calories and monitors nutrition

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New Products Editor: Prof. Demetrios Michalopoulos

California State University, Fullerton


When the Mediterranean fruit fly invaded Northern California in 1980/81, San Francisco Bay Area residents generally knew little about the destructive pest. But when they were asked to cooperate in the fight against the insect by stripping fruit from backyard trees and observing quarantine zones, people demanded to know more about their tiny "enemy." The reproductioncycle- of-the-medfly images (shown clockwise from top left) are an example of how computers helped to answer some of the public's questions. These four images are excerpts from a computer animation sequence broadcast on KRON-TV in San Francisco (see story at right for full details of the system used). The first image (a) shows a cross-section of a peach with a medfly boring into it and depositing three eggs. In (b) the eggs have hatched into larvae and are boring into the fruit. When the ripened fruit falls to the ground, the larvae leave the fruit and enter the soil, as shown in image (c). After pupating in the ground, the flies hatch (d) and leave the ground, starting the cycle all over again. In addition to the animated sequence above, KRON used the computerized system to animate a map displaying the expanse of the fly's infestation as well as spraying zones and quarantine areas. (Photos courtesy of Aurora Imaging Systems.)

Artists and computer join forces on San Francisco TV

Animated newscast cartoons, such as the one illustrated on the preceding page, have recently become a part of the programming of KRON-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. Drawn by a cartoonist on a digitized tablet, the images are altered for whatever motion the cartoonist calls for through the use of a Gould DeAnza QV5000 image processing system and some software developed by Aurora Imaging Systems.

Among the news events that have been drawn using the Gould DeAnza system are the spread of the Napa Valley fire, the mechanics of off-shore oil drilling, and the eruption of Mt. Etna, which was shown coming to life on a digitized map of Italy and Sicily. (This view of Southern Europe was a section of the digitized map of the world that is stored in the system's memory.)

KRON's Aurora-enhanced system offers a number of options for drawing and editing, including original palettes; textures; custombrushed shapes and timing sequences devised and stored for future use; extensive editing of visuals and text with an adjustable overlay grid; zoom capabil...