A Heads-Up Display and Building Prototyping Interface
The city of Kenosha, Wisconsin hired PlaceVision to develop a full VRML model of their downtown. PlaceVision hired me to consult on interactive additions to a typical VRML viewing experience. I developed a heads-up display to aid situational awareness and allow control over lighting effects. I also added reconfigurable boxes that allow the user to create prototypes of proposed buildings on several potential sites.
|Clicking once on the box shows manipulation handles.||A second click on the surface shows rulers for distance.||Rulers show both distance from street and number of floors (in red).|
|Moving the box reveals smaller boxes underneath.||These boxes can be adjusted in the same manner.||A final click on the surface hides the handles.|
The manipulation handles are created with touch sensors. Careful manipulation of texture coordinates allows the change in size of the box to reveal more of the texture instead of stretching the texture as usual.