I’m an Industrial Design student and i’m about to graduate with a multitouch table project. It’s designed for architects, illustrators, designers who need to integrate their traditional skills with the digital world. So, since the users need to work on it like they work on a normal table, the first thing was to leave space for their legs. An eclosed box would have been a problem, so i chose a FTIR setup and an ultra-short throw projector for data visualization. Here’s a scheme of the concept and some renders.
Well..I have some questions about it.
1 - The first one is a design issue: the infrared camera case under the plane is HORRIBLE. I’m trying to design a nice table, so i was wondering if it’s possible to move the camera at the bottom of the “leg”. If the point of view isn’t under the center of the plane, the system will have precision problems?
2 - What if i use this special PMMA for the projecton plane? http://www.holopro.com/en/holoprostart/prolite/
The plane is 18-mm thick and i can’t reduce it: it’s a problem for the total internal reflection?
3 - I’m going to create a prototype in May. The problem is that i lack of any knowledge in elettronic and informatic and i’m not sure i will be able to make it work correctly even if a FTIR setup looks quite simple. If i buy an acrylic plane, a 850nm LED ribbon and an IR camera how difficult is to connect them to the computer?
That’s all for now!