Where is Design?
Experimenting mixed reality with tangible interaction to improve the user experience.
Using Unity and Arduino to build the working prototype.
Mixed Reality Prototype
Mixed Reality Prototype, Physical Computing,
Microsoft Hololens, Unity/C#, Arduino, Laser Cut
Take one of the three tokens (bold/italic/condense) on the box, the font style in the mixed reality will change accordingly.
Design the input
This project focuses on kinetic typeface. Since I am working on the tangible input. I need to think about what is the proper metaphor for input device?
There are several iterations of the input device. Eventually I decide to use shape rather than symbols to represent the font style.
Construct the system
I chose to use Particle Photon which provides built-in web service. When there is an event triggered, Photon will send it to its cloud server. Hololens should keep listening to the web server and wait for event. Below is the system diagram.
DEMO & TEST
A short presentation and Demo were held in the last class. Users' feedback was positive. They really liked the idea of tangible input and kept pushing me forward to other possibilities.
WHAT I LEARNED & NEXT STEPS
This was the first time I learned and used Unity. With my technical background, I picked up Unity very fast and quickly figure out how to build the digital part of this project. The input device is harder to design. I went through multiple iterations before I figured out a proper way to communication font style. Tangible input is more humane but the physical form matters.
For next steps, I will keep improving my AR/VR prototyping skill and explore other possibilities of tangible inputs.