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Michael Van Waardhuizen
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MS, Summer 2010

Home Dept: Mechanical Engineering

MS Dissertation title: The AugmenTable: markerless hand manipulation of virtual objects in a tabletop augmented reality environment

MS Advisor(s): James Oliver

Area of MS research: The AugmenTable is an augmented reality workstation intended for conceptual design and prototyping. It combines a thin form factor display, inexpensive web cameras, and a PC into a unique apparatus that has advantages similar to a head mounted display. The system operates on well-established computer vision algorithms to detect unmarked fingertips within an augmented reality scene. An application was developed to allow a user to manipulate virtual objects within the scene. This manipulation is possible through the use of three-dimensional widgets and controls that allow the user to control objects with natural fingertip motion. This thesis also documents similar previous work, the methods used to create the AugmenTable, and a number of avenues for advancing the system and the interactions it can offer users.

Employment upon graduating:
UX Researcher
Redmond, WA

Current activity: usability and satisfaction research for MS Office

What HCI classes were invaluable to my success?
HCI 521 and HCI 575

Favorite graduate school memory: made a lot of good friends

HCI issues that interest me: usability, interface trends

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