Lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta, of the university’s School of Design, explained from its presentation at Siggraph: “The system is a full scale immersive 3D environment. Users create drawings on hand-held tablets. They can then use the tablets to manipulate the sketches to create a 3D design within the space.”
The tablets are hooked up to the high resolution projector running off a standard MacBook, displaying in realtime across the projection of the image onto a five metre diameter spherically-concave screen, via a domed mirror. In short – it’s cheap and cheerful.
“Our system is innovative, non-intrusive and simple,” explained Dorta. “Hyve-3D clearly has industrial applications in a wide range of fields, from industrial or architectural design to engineering, medical 3D applications, game design animation and movie making. My team is looking forward to taking the product to market and discovering what people do with it.”