April 11th, 2014

In the last 12 months

In the last 12 months, I stood on the shoulders of giants. Some of them midgets, some of them lions.

Tirelessly brought sweets to The Foundry, played ping pong every noon. Will miss KATANA’s ponies and always be a thankful Spoon.

Had a cardiologist make my heart smile every day from seven to eleven. Not even the sky is the limit, when you are in heaven.

After a year, fully recovered from every incision. Never lose your head. You don’t need eyes to see, you need vision.

Never let the brick walls that stop the others get in your way. My dreams still scare me and so should they.

Kicking with National team players my knee was fine, one of them named me ‘Walliser Blitz’ before I scored from the halfway line.

You can still visit me in London, if you then desire. Saw Penn & Teller blow my mind and Harald Schmidt retire.

Once more, leapt into the future. Against all bets. Became a “kölsche Jung” and Heino. Lived with no excuses, loved with no regrets.

Unbelievable meeting legends at Pixar and Sony. Dinner in Petaluma changed everything, as life should later show me.

Been happy in London. And Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, NYC, Frankfurt, Porto, Cologne, Arosa and Cambridge. If you have friends like mine you truly are rich.

Admired the Alps and thought I could fly. Begged people to excuse me while I kiss the sky.

Became a cook, or kind of, learned how to love, and then to let go. It’s better to be kind than right y eu passei o nível 11 no Duolingo.

You’re surrounded by those you can count on or whether walking with kings. Anyone can inspire you – people are more important than things.

Gradually changing the world, one smile, one line of code, one piece of chocolate at a time. Crazy enough to think it will work, a plan almost sublime.

If I will ever keep what seems impossible to have. It was so hard to find. Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

Remain so grateful to mom and dad for giving me roots, wings and everything in life. And best of all, a sister who is there for me wherever I arrive.

Learned to take care of the garden, to prevent all decay. Then, what you have been looking for, will come and find you one day. Of each paragraph combine its first letter, you’ll know who I owe this lesson to, and even better: So much more I cannot explain, I had the best 12 months of my life. Again.

October 10th, 2013

That was Macoun 2013

Another Macoun is over and again it was a very memorable weekend. I talked about the Leap Motion Controller and almost overran given all the great questions from the audience. Thanks to the team for organising such a wonderful event each year.

Leap Motion Controller @ Macoun 2013

Check out all the feedback about #Macoun on Twitter and on my timeline. Additional photos and the video recording of the talk coming soon. The slides (in German) are embedded below.

Etwas mit Leap from Andy Abgottspon

Update: A Google+ album with photos of the session is now online.

Update 2: The recording is now available.

September 28th, 2013

Macoun 2013: Leap into the Future

Just about one week left until this year’s Macoun in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I will give an overview of the Leap Motion controller and how it is to develop for it. Join me next week for my talk on Sunday morning.

Leap into the Future

March 16th, 2013

Video: Grundlagen der Spieleentwicklung @ Macoun 2012

The video of my Introduction to Games Programming (Grundlagen der Spieleentwicklung) is now online and available from www.macoun.de and on iTunesMacoun is the largest iOS and Mac OS X developers conference in the german-speaking world and takes place on an annual basis in Frankfurt, Germany. This session was held on October 28th, 2012 and is in German.

April 23rd, 2012

Pantomime 2.0 in c’t 10/2012

The six page article about gesture recognition has finally come out in c’t issue 10/2012. The magazine is seen as one of the most prestigious technology journals in the German-speaking world with a range of over 1 million readers (Source: Wikipedia).

The article is written in German, here a brief abstract:

“In der von Nintendo, Sony und Microsoft beherrschten Konsolen-welt gehört die Steuerung per Körperbewegung bereits zum Alltag: Von der Pflege des virtuellen Haustiers bis zur Gymnastikstunde im Wohnzimmer gibt es reichlich Einsatzmöglichkeiten. Bei Mobilgeräten wie dem iPad bleibt dieses Potenzial bislang weitgehend ungenutzt. Dabei fällt mit den passenden Frameworks die Programmierung passender Anwendungen gar nicht schwer.”

Preview: www.heise.de/ct/inhalt/2012/10/154

Links to additional content: ct.de/1210154

January 3rd, 2012

Video: Visuelle Gestenerkennung @ Macoun 2011

The video of the talk about Visual Gesture Recognition (Visuelle Gestenerkennung) is now online and available from www.macoun.de and on iTunesMacoun is the largest iOS and Mac OS X developers conference in the german-speaking world and takes place on an annual basis in Frankfurt, Germany. This session was held on October 2nd, 2011 and is in German.

Macoun Video

The game demonstrated in the end has been further developed and is available now: Meteora+ on the App Store.

December 20th, 2011

That was SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

This year’s SIGGRAPH Asia took place in Hong Kong and I was lucky to attend and contribute as a Student Volunteer. It was an amazing experience and we were able to attend many great events and meet a lot of lovely people from the industry. Us, that is 4 recent graduates from Bournemouth University plus around 120 other volunteers from across the globe. We also took the time to explore some more places.


Siggraph Asia 2011

More pictures can be found in my SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011 album on Facebook.

December 20th, 2011

Coventry Alumni Speaker Programme


A couple of weeks ago, I got an invite from Peter Every to kick off Coventry University’s brand new Graduate and Alumni Speaker Programme. Peter is the Associate Dean of the Computing Department and one of my former lecturers. More pictures can be found here.

Andy Abgottspon Graduate Talk. December 2011. from computing@coventry on Vimeo.

For more information, visit the creative.coventry.ac.uk/~speakers:

The Department of Computing is proud to present this series of talks by our graduates and alumni. Our graduates end up scattered across the planet in some seriously cool jobs. These are their stories. Andy graduated with first class honours in Informatics in 2010 before undertaking a Masters degree in Computer Animation and Visual Effect at the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. Whist studying at Coventry Andy released the ‘Roll It!’ app for iPhone which went on to sell 6000 units. Andy has recently released Meteora, a mobile game which utilises a version of the gesture recognition library that he developed for his final year project at Coventry. Andy now works as a software engineer at The Foundry – The world leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies for the motion picture industry. Read about Andy on aaweb.ch

November 13th, 2011

Meteora+ hits the App Store

The first gesture-controlled 3D airplane game has finally landed in the App Store. The objective is simple: Board the plane and collect the portals in the magical forest!

You can tilt your device like a steering wheel or, on devices with a front-facing camera (such as the iPhone 4/4S or iPad 2), even use gestures to manoeuvre the plane.

Gesture control works by tracking two objects and their respective position. Object recognition is based on color, so ensure the objects tracked have a distinct color from everything else in the picture (face, background, etc.) and you are in an evenly lit environment. For this purpose, colored gloves seem to work particularly well.

Gesture Control in Meteora+

The game, originated from two University projects, brings camera-driven interaction to mobile devices in the form of an addictive arcade game for people of all ages. An early preview of this still very young technology was shown in Frankfurt am Main at Macoun 2011, the biggest iOS and Mac developers’ conference in the German-speaking world.

Meteora+ ($3.99) is now available on the iTunes App Store.

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October 4th, 2011

That was Macoun 2011

Macoun 2011 is over and I just arrived back in London. It was my first time and I was impressed with the quality of speakers and talks, people’s incredible openness and how brilliantly it was all organised. Also, thanks everyone for their lovely feedback on Twitter. I tried my best to retweet the most relevant tweets regarding gesture recognition, many more can be found using the #macoun hashtag.

The whole session was also recorded on video and will be posted soon. Meanwhile, here are some first pictures and the slides of my talk to download:

Norbert M. Doerner, @cdfinder Norbert M. Doerner, @cdfinder

photo by @toastedtoast

photo by @kopf_marcus

photo by @kopf_marcus

photo by @futuretap

Last but not least, the video recorded on stage. Thanks Chris, Thomas et al. for this wonderful thing you created!