Chalkaat: Augmented Reality Laser-cutting

Present day laser cutting tools allow users to do subtractive manipulation of material, hence democratizing manufacturing. However, we felt that the methods to manipulate such machines aren’t yet evolved enough.  Hence we present, a pen stroke based UI for interacting with laser cutters, where the users can express themselves more directly by working directly ‘ on the workpiece’. Different colored markers allow different commands to be executed. We built a laser cutter from ground up, with computer vision and mechanics to optimize for the interface. In team with: Nitesh Kadyan, Meghana Bhat, Fabio Besti


Sevenbyfive tessellations

Sevenbyfive is an interactive architectural surface that has the ability to scale and bend out plane at the same time. We create a “second-order” four-way linkage mechanism to  achieve this. Generic ball and socket joint connectors allow out of plane movements. We handcasted 800 components over a period of 5 days and motorized them. Team: Phillip Ewing, Anirudh Sharma, George Samartpolous, Eric Demaine, Chuck Hobermann


Glassified: Augmenting a traditional ruler with digital functionality

We introduce Glassified, a modified ruler with a transparent display to supplement physical strokes made on paper with virtual graphics. Because the display is transparent, both the physical strokes and the virtual graphics are visible in the same plane. A digitizer captures the pen strokes in order to update the graphical overlay, fusing the traditional function of a ruler with the added advantages of a digital, display-based system. We describe use-cases of Glassified in the areas of math and physics and discuss its advantages over traditional systems. Anirudh Sharma, Lirong Liu, Pattie Maes The Ruler is embedded with -> TOLED…

Urino-Doc: An integrated medical advice interface

[Work in progress] Recently I visited a commercial doctor chain in India for a small medic diagnose. I was given a small plastic bottle to pee into and return back for a diagnose on a later date. During my exit at the payment counter, around five more people had similar bottles. That’s where it all began. Jaideep, victim to the previous shoe hack and I began some research back home about what could be done to ease an interface about using urine content data and health reporting. This below statement was inspiring to us: Most signs of an impending human ailment can…


Concept-S: Media mashup wall for kids and elderly

The project aimed at creating simple interactions for kids and people with keyboard-mouse illiteracy. We developed a graphical Zoomable User Interfaces (ZUIs) that could be easy, fun, and relatively easy for such target group. The project was done using a 100′ transparent projection map. The major media related tasks were grouped in the form of loadable on-screen modules which could be browsed using gestures. We also made immersive apps that kids could easily interact with. The research was patented in form of new projection techniques by Prof. Atrheya, guide. The working installation was demoed during IIT Delhi Design Degree Show,…