Tabula

Tabula is a Fiducial Marker triggered multitouch table, created as an installation at Connect-D an open-house exhibition at Tata Elxsi to celebrate the World Industrial Design Day. Tabula was created as an innovative way for people to engage with Tata Elxsi’s Portfolio, and explore the breadth of projects designed there. Each project was represented using a Fiducial Marker or “Project Puck”. Placing the Puck on the table, would bring up contextual information regarding that project, and users could browse through the different content.

I designed the software, graphics and the electronics communication. The software was built on a VVV patch which managed the touch library, fiducial marker recognition through the PS3 eye and  the flash based interface.

Year
2011
Role
Concept Development 
VVVV touch library development
Fiducial marker recognition
Flash Graphics and Actionscript
Visual Design 
Exhibition
Connect-D Open House @ Tata Elxsi

Tabula

Tabula is a Fiducial Marker triggered multitouch table, created as an installation at Connect-D an open-house exhibition at Tata Elxsi to celebrate the World Industrial Design Day. Tabula was created as an innovative way for people to engage with Tata Elxsi’s Portfolio, and explore the breadth of projects designed there. Each project was represented using a Fiducial Marker or “Project Puck”. Placing the Puck on the table, would bring up contextual information regarding that project, and users could browse through the different content.

I designed the software, graphics and the electronics communication. The software was built on a VVV patch which managed the touch library, fiducial marker recognition through the PS3 eye and  the flash based interface.

Year
2011
Role
Concept Development 
VVVV touch library development
Fiducial marker recognition
Flash Graphics and Actionscript
Visual Design 
Exhibition
Connect-D Open House @ Tata Elxsi
Showcase

Tabula was showcased at Connect-D The first initiative by Tata Elxsi to open up their studio to students and members of the design community at large. Tabula was made to showcase interaction design prototyping, and a novel way to engage with information.

Showcase

Tabula was showcased at Connect-D The first initiative by Tata Elxsi to open up their studio to students and members of the design community at large. Tabula was made to showcase interaction design prototyping, and a novel way to engage with information.

Project Pucks

Each Puck was a different project that Tata Elxsi had worked on. The puck itself was made out of Balsa wood, with the fiducial marker laser etched below it. When placed on the Multitouch surface, the puck would trigger information about the project, and different options and perspectives around it.

Construction

The Table itself was constructed out of Ply, using a self locking joinery system. The table surface was made of frosted glass, and an MDF Frame. To compensate for the short length that the projector had to throw its projection, we placed a wide magnifying mirror at 30 degrees. A hacked PS3 eye with its IR filter removed, captured changes in ambient IR and once calibrated to the room, recieved the touch inputs and fiducial marker placements.

Construction

The Table itself was constructed out of Ply, using a self locking joinery system. The table surface was made of frosted glass, and an MDF Frame. To compensate for the short length that the projector had to throw its projection, we placed a wide magnifying mirror at 30 degrees. A hacked PS3 eye with its IR filter removed, captured changes in ambient IR and once calibrated to the room, recieved the touch inputs and fiducial marker placements.