3D User Interface Lets You Pinch-the-Sky

Pinch-the-Sky Dome is a large immersive installation where several users can interact simultaneously with omni-directional data inside of a tilted geodesic dome. Pinch-the-Sky has been developed by Microsoft Research.

The system consists of an omni-directional projector-camera unit in the center of the dome. The projector is able to project an image spanning the entire 360 degrees and a camera is used to track freehand gestures for navigation of the content. The interactive demos include:

  • The exploration of the astronomical data provided by World Wide Telescope.
  • Social networking 3D graph visualizations.
  • Immersive panoramic images.
  • 360 degree video conferencing.

We combine speech commands with freehand pinch gestures to provide a highly immersive and interactive experience to several users inside the dome, with a very wide field of view for each user.

For more information, see Pinch-the-Sky Domewhitepaper.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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See Softpedia article New 3D NUI Experience: Pinch-the-Sky Dome From Microsoft Research.

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