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authors Pratini, Edison
year 1999
title Esboçando com Gestos: O Projeto 3D SketchMaker (Sketching with Gestures: The 3D SketchMaker Project)
source III Congreso Iberoamericano de Grafico Digital [SIGRADI Conference Proceedings] Montevideo (Uruguay) September 29th - October 1st 1999, pp. 141-144
summary The 3D SketchMaker Project has developed two prototypes for a gestural 3D sketching interface in a computer system to be used in the earliest phases of the design process. The goal of this ongoing research is to provide architects, and other designers involved in object conception, with a 3D gestural instrument that takes advantage of new virtual reality resources and is more natural than using the mouse, less difficult than learning complex software and less abstract than manipulating 2D entities on orthogonal projections. The focus of this project is on the input interface, taking into consideration two factors: First, for many architects and designers, one of the main reasons for not using 3D modeling from the very beginning of the design process is that both current computer hardware and software are hardly appropriate to do the spontaneous and quick drawings that are used to assist in conceptualizing their objects. Second, three-dimensional modeling packages use two-and-three dimensional elements, in a 3D environment, but usually employ 2D input devices that are not appropriate to work in 3D environments, such as mice or pen-and-tablets. The 3D SketchMaker was conceived to take advantage of a natural tendency most people have in using gesture as an aid to language when trying to describe the shape, form or volume of objects. The system is intended to assist or replace the first 2D drawing steps in the design process, generating rough 3D sketches that can be refined later. It is, in essence, a 3D modeling system (a prototype, at this time) directed to do sketching with hand movements and gestures in a virtual reality environment.
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