We present RealFusion, an interactive workflow that supports earlyÂ stage design ideation in a digital 3D medium. RealFusion is inspiredÂ by the practice of found-object-art, wherein new representationsÂ are created by composing existing objects. The key motivationÂ behind our approach is direct creation of 3D artifacts duringÂ design ideation, in contrast to conventional practice of employingÂ 2D sketching. RealFusion comprises of three creative states whereÂ users can (a) repurpose physical objects as modeling components,Â (b) modify the components to explore different forms, and (c) compose them into a meaningful 3D model. We demonstrate RealFusionÂ using a simple interface that comprises of a depth sensor andÂ a smartphone. To achieve direct and efficient manipulation of modelingÂ elements, we also utilize mid-air interactions with the smartphone.Â We conduct a user study with novice designers to evaluateÂ the creative outcomes that can be achieved using RealFusion.
Cecil Piya, Vinayak, Yunbo Zhang, Karthik Ramani
RealFusion: An Interactive Workflow for Repurposing Real-World Objects towards Early-stage Creative Ideation
In Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2016, Victoria, BC, Canada