HeLLoWorld wrote:may I ask where that funny alien of yours come from? Always makes me smile. It might go down in history
Where did this UFO come from?
I made this 8-bit art from scratch. People have sometimes asked where I have come up with the UFO, now a recognizable logo among LightBoost users, as well as by people who frequently visit discussion forums relating to gaming displays. Now the official logo of Blur Busters, it has a long and storied history behind the scenes.
The UFO also doubles as a motion test pattern
I started development of http://www.testufo.com in early November 2012 (more than six months before I made it public), the original cause of my invention the UFO. I am born of the golden gaming, the 8-bit era, where everything used to be silky smooth during scrolling on CRT displays (especially platformer games). So, naturally, an 8-bit mascot was born.
The old PixPerAn motion test, is the original inspiration of the UFO. It has the cute racing car, so I came up with the cute UFO. Pixel art like this conjures up computers and gaming, which badly needed motion blur elimination abilities not available until recently (e.g. LightBoost, ULMB, etc). It illustrates the computer/gaming friendliness of modern strobe backlights.
This UFO was intentionally designed for motion tests, with special optimizations specific to motion tests, that also still looked cute and didn't obviously look like a boring test pattern.
The UFO has multiple tiers of intentional motion blur weaknesses:
- Three single-pixel eyes for detecting tiny motion blur (really blurs at >1ms persistence)
- White dots in UFO base for detecting medium motion blur (really blurs at >2ms persistence)
- Two landing legs at UFO bottom for detecting large motion blur (really blurs at >4ms persistence)
- Alien character that becomes a totally unrecognizable motion blur mess on non-strobed displays.
- Yellow dome as a torture test case for LCD ghosting
- Primary full-bright R/G/B colors, combined with full-white and full-black, for simplicity.
As pictured above, of the tiered sensitivity motion blur in the UFO logo -- you can see how the eyes begins to blur first, then the white dots in the UFO base, then as things gets more blurry, the landing legs begin to really blur. It is also easy to watch for inconsistencies like asymmetry in the blur (like differences between leading & trailing artifacts) -- commonly found as ghosting, smearing, coronas, etc -- like those found in LCD Motion Artifacts 101 and LCD Overdrive Artifacts.
Blur Busters parody of Ghost Busters
LCD motion "blurring" is often called "ghosting", and I've always loved Ghost Busters. So a parody of the "Ghost Busters" name was created, as "Blur Busters". I originally registered scanningbacklight.com instead, but I long prefered "Blur Busters". Once LightBoost was discovered, I immediately wanted to rename to Blur Busters. Eventually, I decided a new logo was needed.
It ties well in with the UFO abduction theme, with lots of opportunities for humorus and lighthearted parodies -- "eliminating" motion blur, "annihilating" motion blur, "exterminating" motion blur, "extinguishing" motion blur -- of alien stereotype parlance. The diagonal roundel crosses-out the blurry trail of the UFO, indicating the elimination of motion blur, thanks to the timely arrival of LightBoost and modern gaming friendly strobe-backlight LCDs (e.g. G-SYNC ULMB, EIZO Turbo240, and BENQ Blur Reduction, Sony Motionflow Impulse, etc) which finally allowed LCD, for the first time, to escape the dark LCD ages -- formerly a big problem for CRT motion clarity lovers. Formerly, many people did not believe it was possible for LCD to successfully achieve CRT motion clarity, except a few people such as iD Software/Oculus' John Carmack whose tweet reply to me, was the very genesis that started Blur Busters in September 2012.
And the "escaping motion blur" logo became part of history, publicly introduced on March 11th, 2013.
Blur Busters wrote:Our lovable alien mascot, in “8-bit” style, is also the flagship test graphic of our upcoming motion test app that is a 21st century equivalent of PixPerAn that works on PC and Mac’s. Launching in April!
The alien mascot, invented as a motion-test pattern -- for http://www.testufo.com -- has become the familiar Blur Busters icon, and I've now been using it as my forum avatar everywhere else to be recognized (even long before TestUFO launched) -- so Blur Busters is most likely recognized everytime someone sees the UFO at least a few times.