DigiClay (Max MSP project) Sketch 1
The idea came from the experience creating something with a black of clay or playdou. There is this intertwine sensation of your imagination that can be freed and creatively model something that your heart desire. This was a collective memory our team have and making something to called it ours. Digiclay reminiscence the joy of pottery. Where the user can modify a digital clay while only moving their hands in the air.
Research (images) : Conceptual, Types of interaction
Initial researches begin from 1. Precedents 2. Hand gestures 3. Movements of the pottery activity.
From our precedents research, we found a digital artwork by the UNIFOLD, the Electronic Artisan. It idea is to sculpt a block of polygon on the computer screen through the use of finger movements. We compared the inputs, tracking system and the processing method between Digiclay and this work.
Technical Aspect: tools, physical environment setup
This is a simulation of virtual clay, but we still would like to make the experience as real as possible. Hence we also created a prototype of of a potter spinning disk. When User sit in front of our installation. They will wonder why spinning wheel for making pottery is empty. When we start the actual simulation, they will realize they are suppose to manipulate the virtual clay on screen. There always a disconnection between the projected and the tangible world. We want to bridge this gap this is why we created this is reason why we created the spinning wheel is implemented in the first place is to fill the gap between virtual reality and real tangibility. The spinning wheel will be place on a table and a chair will be provided for the participant to further enhance their experience with our virtual clay.
There will be a common class set up of camera and project. The camera will be facing the participant in front of the projector. The projector will project the image on the screen.
In our set up, we decided to use color gloves for easy tracking for Max MSP. Inside, Max program there will be specific program set up to distinct the color of gloves we choose to use. The reason why we decided to use color gloves is we want to track the hand gesture and manipulation of the participant and translate that into our virtual clay.
The projector and camera set up was fix, this was a constraint to our team. Original few idea we propose has not taken into the consideration with such set up so we could not implemented. Also our team have to take into the consideration where to place the color gloves, where we did not want to accidentally triggers the simulation. (One solution was to manually start the program this fixed the issue of the glove accidentally we in the way of the virtual clay.