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A Translucent Sketchpad for the Virtual Table Exploring Motion-based Gesture Recognition

: Encarnacao, L.M.; Bimber, O.; Chandler, S.D.; Schmalstieg, D.


Computer graphics forum 18 (1999), Nr.3, S.C.277-C.285
ISSN: 0167-7055
ISSN: 1467-8659
Eurographics <20, 1999, Milano>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
2D Sketching; 3D Interaction; augmented reality; fuzzy logic; gesture recognition; multi-modal interaction; transparent props; two-handed interaction; virtual table

The Virtual Table presents stereoscopic graphics to a user in a workbench-like setting. For this device, a user interface and new interaction techniques have been developed based on transparent props -a tracked hand-held pen and a pad. These props, particularly the pad, are augmented with 3D graphics from the Virtual Table's display that can serve as a palette for tools and controls as well as a window-like see-through interface, a plane-shaped and through-the-plane tool, supporting a variety of new interaction techniques. This paper reports on an extension of this user-interface design space which uses gestural input to create and control solid geometries for CAD and conceptual design. The application of gestural interfaces is a common method for interacting with virtual environments on a habitual and natural basis. The motion-based gesture recognition presented here uses Fuzzy Logic to support a predictable, flexible, and efficient learning process. This new interaction paradigm gr e atly increases the Virtual Table's suitability for design tasks. Traditional CAD dialogue can be combined with intuitive rapid sketching of geometry on the pad. Additionally, the resulting events and objects can be associated with scene details below the translucent tablet.