ISSN : 1796-2048
Volume : 1    Issue : 2    Date : May 2006

Personal Media Producer: A System for Creating 3D CG Animation from Mobile Phone E-mail
Koichi Emura, Makoto Yasugi, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Seiya Miyazaki and Sachiko Motoike
Page(s): 30-37
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Mobile phone e-mail is increasingly being chosen by consumers as their primary communication
tool. Messages exchanged among mobile phone users frequently contain “emoticons (smileys)”
and “emoji (pictograms)”. Some consumers have started to use services that add a relevant
animated image to a message. Consumers will start to exchange animated messages if they are
available. This paper proposes a method of generating animation sequences from plain text
messages without an authoring process. This method utilizes information available in the
consumer’s ubiquitous computing environment to obtain necessary information not included in the
original e-mail. The results of the preliminary evaluation show that a user needs around two
minutes to create a one-minute animation using this method, a 3.6 times improvement in creation
efficiency over that of a prior method.

Index Terms
Mobile Applications, Mobile Phone E-mail Services, Computer Graphics Animation, Context-
aware, Cinematography, Speech Act, Case Frame