University of Queensland students have taken the concept of moving furniture around to a new technological level.
UQ Information and Communication Technology students have developed Virtual Interior Design technology, which allows users to project life-size 2-D outlines of furniture on the floor, before viewing them in 3D via use of an iPad.
Bachelor of Multimedia Design student, Stephanie Zylstra said via use of an iPod Touch, an iPad and an infrared glove, users can arrange virtual furniture in a physical space to preview how a room might look without the inconvenience of having to physically arrange each item.
“When users clench a fist, it activates a switch on the glove, causing infrared light to be transmitted, which is tracked by a Microsoft Kinect mounted next to the projector,” said Zylstra.
“Once the Kinect has detected infrared light, the ActionScript application springs into action, tracking the motion of the user using the infrared light as a basis, and allowing them to manipulate the position of the products which are projected onto the ground.
“Once the user is finished arranging products in the space, they are able to tap the ‘view in 3D’ link on the iPod, thus replacing the images of furniture by specially-generated Augmented Reality (AR) codes.
“The iPad is then employed, as users can point the camera of the iPad at the AR codes and, through a library called ARToolkit, see models of the relevant pieces of furniture.”
The project, along with others created by UQ’s ICT students were on display at a recent Interactive Design Exhibit.
ICT Lecturer Dr Stephen Viller said that all of the interactive exhibits were well received by event attendees, many of whom were left astonished by the high calibre of projects on display.
“A number of the exhibits garnered a lot of interest from industry, including some who are keen to use the students’ designs within their own organisation,” said Dr Viller.
To view a video of the Virtual Interior Design project, visit http://vimeo.com/25059985