Design 3D lava lamps with gestures on Handy-Potter

Purdue’s Handy-Potter works with Kinect to create 3D shapes.

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Gestural interfaces like the Leap promise a world in which we’ll all be driving cars and flying planes by waving our hands in the air, “Minority Report”-style.

Pudue University is joining the fun with the Handy-Potter, a design tool that lets you fashion 3D virtual objects with your bare hands.

Recently presented at the ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference in Chicago, the research won the All-Conference Best Paper award.

The Handy-Potter is a departure from traditional computer-aided design. It works with the Microsoft Kinect to track the user’s body and hand gestures, modifying 3D shapes according to motions such as waving or pulling.

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