The Responsive Workbench is a 3D interactive graphics system with a
tabletop metaphor. Computer-generated stereoscopic images are projected onto
a tabletop via a projector-and-mirrors system. The users of the workbench
wear shutter glasses to observe the 3D effect. A 6DOF tracking system tracks
the user's head, allowing the correct perspective to be used when rendering
the environment. A pair of gloves and a stylus, also tracked by the system,
can be used to interact with objects in the tabletop environment. While
currently only one user is tracked, many users can also view the environment
simultaneously using untracked shutter glasses.
Our goal is to extend the
originally developed by Wolfgang Krueger at GMD. We are currently exploring
several different application areas, including
archtechture, scientific visualization, and medicine. We are working with
others in these fields on applications that mesh well with the Responsive
Workbench's UI metaphor. We are also researching more basic issues of a system such as this: hardware,
calibration, user interaction, and rendering.
The Responsive Workbench is a cooperative project between Stanford University
and GMD. The work is supported by a grant from Interval Research Cooperation
and NASA Ames. Additional support in equipment is provided
by Silicon Graphics Computer Systems.
People working on this project:
Last modified: Mon 1 Jul 1996