Falcon 3D Drawing
By Jordan Sparks
Presented to David Bouchard
Programs used: MAX/MSP, OSCulator, Processing
Novint Falcon provided by: CIM2 Multimedia Laboratory
Drawing has long been thought of as an exclusively 2D experience. Even in 3D model construction, textures are usually drawn, painted, saved, and created in 2-Dimensional space. My project uses the specialized Novint Falcon haptic controller as a conduit to allow for drawing in virtual 3D Space. Originally designed as the video game controller, the Novint Falcon becomes the interface through which users can control the 3D brush to draw in 3D Space. They can also navigate and rotate the 3D sketch, reset the drawing, and switch between both Line and Cube drawing modes using the 4 buttons on the Falcon. Users can also save an image of their 3D masterpieces with the click of a mouse, allowing them to keep a record of their experience and show off their unique pieces of art to the world! In the end, this project was designed as an experiment to break the traditional art boundaries and show that drawing is not longer limited to the 2D realm.
Future plans for this project include refinement of the 3D drawing program as well as researching possible applications for 3D sculpting and uses of the Falcon’s haptic capabilities for the disabled.
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