TR#436: Virtual PAT: A Virtual Personal Aerobics Trainer

James W. Davis

A prototype system for implementing a virtual Personal Aerobics Trainer (PAT) is presented. Unlike workout video tapes or TV exercise shows, this system allows the user to create and personalize an aerobics session to meet their needs and desires. Various media technology and computer vision algorithms are used to enhance the interaction of the character by enabling it to watch and talk to the user (instead of just the user watching the TV). Throughout the paper, we report the system components and discuss the advantages, problems, and extensions of the design.