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Computer Augmented Crafts [vvvv]

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Christian Fiebig designed a computer interface that makes suggestions to the designer while he’s working. In his version, the computer follows a structure in the making via a webcam and instantly generates other design suggestions based on any special parameters programmed by the designer.

It’s like having a colleague in your workshop, giving you direct feedback.

The experimental prototype can recognise and respond to basic structures created on-camera by spot-welding thin strips of metal together. The Computer Augmented Crafts program accomplishes two things. First, for the designer it can point out new ways of dealing with the design process. Second, it makes the most of modern technology without sacrificing the advantages of craftsmanship.

The working prototype was realized with the help of Roman Grasy .

Software used was vvvv + fiducial marker tracker on a Windows XP Desktop PC with webcam.

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