|Easigami is a novel tangible user interface(TUI) which bridges the physical world to virtual world. Children love construction kits, such as Lego and Magformers. On one side, Easigami is a new construction kit for children to assemble polygons and fold into a variety of 3D forms, including polyhedra and origami bases. On another side, children can interact with a computer and build a 3D digital model at the same time! They can further use the software to create more complex designs from the input modules The last but not the least, they can send their design to a 3D printer to make it real!!|
Easigami is designed using an embedded computing approach. The physical
arrangement of Easigami pieces is read into a computer and displayed
interactively in real time. Thus Easigami, by its design, blends the
natural physical ability of folding paper-like materials with the power
of computational representation.
Easigami is inspired by a traditional craft, origami, whose interaction makes extensive use of hand dexterity and intimate contact with flexible material. This sort of craft interaction is underrepresented in mainstream human computer interaction. In order to capture this fascinating experience, I have developed successive Easigami prototypes, which illustrate an ongoing effort to introduce a traditional craft into the computational world (please see the attachment "Abstracting Craft - Easigami" for the details of each prototype). Easigami demonstrates the challenge of bridging the gap between crafting and computing–practices that usually reside in separate concrete and abstract worlds.
Easigami Software Development
The software echoes a user's hands and display a 3D folded form in real-time. The user can furthermore combine input modules to create more complicate models.
Easigami Hardware Development