i just ordered my XO laptop and donated one to a student in the third world. unfortunately they do not deliver it to germany. a friend in the usa will send it to me after it arrives. let’s see when i will reveice it and what it will cost me in the end. the dollar is low but shipping and customs are expensive..
this week my student jens finished his diploma at h-da and igd. he developed a multitouch table and software for navigation through immersive vr environments. as multitouch technology has become a standard technology and everyone is able to build a table it’s the applications that matter now.
together we created a very straight interaction concept for navigating and evaluating virtual architecture visualizations. the movement in the virtual space becomes cinematic when using two fingers for movement, orientation and lookat at the same time.
the setup consits of a table installation in front of igd‘s 18 megapixel heyewall. content is a 3d architecture visualization of messe frankfurt’s new building. on the table there is a bird view of the area. tracking is done by harald’s visionlib blobdetection. it communicates with instant player (X3D) via TUIO protocol.
pointing with a finger on a spot let’s the camera fly to the point in the 3d scene. moving with the finger moves the camera. with a second finger the orientation of the camera is set. by pointing on a certain building the camera will look at it. by pointing with the second finger on a building and moving the first finger around it the camera moves around it while looking at it.
i wonder how it really will look like when you connect a mobile phone with microsoft’s surface..
(images originally by microsoft)
during the last months i realized my idea of a movable screen as interaction device at the IGD. it is again a minimalistic approach integrating / hiding complex technlogy in famliar hardware. i simply put an 24″ iMac at a rotating pillar and tracked the rotation with a rotation encoder. in order to create the effect of a “window into virtual reality” i am tracking the user’s head and map the position on the virtual camera. primarily it is running instantreality framework for visualization. there are also working prototypes of Second Life, Google Earth and hopefully soon Nasa Worldwind Java.
last week we presented the MovableScreen at the Hannover Messe trade fair at the booth of BMBF. the software shows the simulation of a Coperion bulk materials plant i created together with my colleages at design&systems institute using instantreality framework. we already have sold two MovableScreens until now!
right now we are writing a wiimote backend for our mixed reality system “instant reality“. meanwhile we connected the wiimote to our high resolution wall via glovepie. it’s nice to play wii-like in stereo on an 18 megapixel display.
several people are working on drivers for nintendos Wiimote. i wrote a speedhack to use hiro’s DarwiinRemote with Processing.
i simply modified DarwiinRemote to write out a textfile with the values of the accelerometer and the orientation of the Wiimote.
there is an pde in the archive and the modified version of DarwiinRemote in the data folder. start DarwiinRemote, connect the Wiimote and then run the pde.
that’s only to start working with the Wiimote. i hope someone will write real drivers for the device soon.
JarwiinRemote for Processing on OS X (binary)
JarwiinRemote for Processing on OS X (source)
i managed to get a nintendo wii on european launch day. it was incredible. more than 40 running people in the shop. me too.
now i have my wii, the great wiimote, zelda, rayman raving rabbits and nintendo sports.
there are already drivers and example applications for reading the wiimote on linux, windows and os x.
how the wiimte works:
we’ve got our own small lab for my course “experimental interfaces“.