Project : alcove
Section: Scientific Foundations
Our team has been developping for several years a non-immersive 3D environment mimicking a meeting room. A group of users, each one using its own computer, can meet in a virtual office and work together. Such a concept involves new problems, like manipulating virtual objects inside a cooperative framework (how to model real objects ? how to interact with these models ?).
Our research currently focuses on two main subjects : Interaction models and Physically-based autonomous objects. Figure 1 shows the topics that we consider in these subjects.
It is still illusive and probably useless to reproduce real world interactions on virtual objects. Therefore, we propose new basic metaphors for interaction (such as selection, picking, moving, assemblage, deformation), and we design corresponding devices ( haptic or kinesthesic).
Physically-based autonomous objects
Programming projects nowadays benefit from advanced software concepts like object-oriented or agent-oriented programming. Our goal is to extend these concepts to physical modeling, in order to design autonomous physical objects that can be used inside a distributed cooperative framework. These objects will use such techniques as multi-resolution (physical and geometrical) and multi-representation.