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Ravin Balakrishnan, George Fitzmaurice, Gord Kurtenbach, Karan Singh
ACM Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics
Exploring interactive curve and surface manipulation using a bend and twist sensitive input strip (1:14 min.)
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"We explore a new input device and a set of interaction techniques to facilitate direct manipulation of curves and surfaces.
The input device, called ShapeTape™, is a continuous bend and twist sensitive strip that encourages manipulations that use both hands and, at times, all 10 fingers. We explore this input and interaction design space through a set of usage scenarios for creating and editing curves and surfaces as well as consider general interactions such as command access and camera controls.
This investigation is carried out by extending Alias|wavefront’s modeling and animation package, Maya."
3D freeform design is one of the most challenging tasks to support in a software application. Even the conceptually simplest 3D forms can be difficult to produce with existing applications. We have been exploring alternative input devices and new interaction paradigms to better support the initial design process of 3D design, from large display systems to pure-inference sketching interfaces.