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A multimodal tablet-based interface for designing and reviewing 3D engineering models

Author(s): Gouveia, Duarte Paulo Ferreira

Date: 2012

Persistent ID: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.13/1192

Origin: DigitUMa - Repositório da Universidade da Madeira

Subject(s): Ciência e tecnologia informáticas; Computação; Informática; Modos de navegação; Interfaces de colaboração; Inovações tecnológicas; Interfaces multimodais; Dispositivos portáteis; Tecnologias de ponta; 3D; CAD; CEDAR; Multimodal interfaces; Motion-based input; Multitouch user interfaces; Hand-held devices; Collaborative interfaces; Navigation modes; Informatics Engineering; .; Centro de Ciências Exatas e da Engenharia; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia Eletrotécnica, Eletrónica e Informática; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia Eletrotécnica, Eletrónica e Informática; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia Eletrotécnica, Eletrónica e Informática


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The ability to view and interact with 3D models has been happening for a long time. However, vision-based 3D modeling has only seen limited success in applications, as it faces many technical challenges. Hand-held mobile devices have changed the way we interact with virtual reality environments. Their high mobility and technical features, such as inertial sensors, cameras and fast processors, are especially attractive for advancing the state of the art in virtual reality systems. Also, their ubiquity and fast Internet connection open a path to distributed and collaborative development. However, such path has not been fully explored in many domains. VR systems for real world engineering contexts are still difficult to use, especially when geographically dispersed engineering teams need to collaboratively visualize and review 3D CAD models. Another challenge is the ability to rendering these environments at the required interactive rates and with high fidelity. In this document it is presented a virtual reality system mobile for visualization, navigation and reviewing large scale 3D CAD models, held under the CEDAR (Collaborative Engineering Design and Review) project. It’s focused on interaction using different navigation modes. The system uses the mobile device's inertial sensors and camera to allow users to navigate through large scale models. IT professionals, architects, civil engineers and oil industry experts were involved in a qualitative assessment of the CEDAR system, in the form of direct user interaction with the prototypes and audio-recorded interviews about the prototypes. The lessons learned are valuable and are presented on this document. Subsequently it was prepared a quantitative study on the different navigation modes to analyze the best mode to use it in a given situation.

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Campos, Pedro Filipe Pereira
Contributor(s) Gouveia, Duarte Paulo Ferreira
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