30-second VR narratives made from photogrammetry scans of personal spaces.
Celine Yu, Hank D Wu, Jessica Chon, Michael Naimark, Qianyi Chen, Tian Qin, Wenhan Dou, Yayuan Zheng, Yanru Zhu, Zexing Li
The 9 students were asked to reflect on their confinement environments and express their feelings about it. Though they knew the final project would be in VR, they began with conventional photography. They then learned photogrammetry with their smartphones (mostly using Metashape) and how to export to and compose in Unity, while also writing and recording 30-second personal voice-overs and background audio. They also added simple shapes, lighting, and “camera on rails” movement, then exported to stereo-panoramic video, which we titled and uploaded to YouTube as a 5-minute a 3D 360 video.
Special thanks to David Santiano, our Research Associate for Telepresence!
VR I AR Fundamentals
Star is a soft toy that brings people warmth and support, and tell kids what to do when they face sexual abuse.
Star is a soft, bright yellow, a human-like star with a red heart. Star’s red soft heart can be opened, with a 3D-printed hard heart into it. Star also has a small, delicate small room, with a pillow, quilts, a book, a phone, a wood knife in it. So far she has two sets of clothes, one is a loose comfortable T-shirt and another is a sexy camisole & skirt. Players can choose to make beddings/clothes/scarves for Star by themselves. The big idea of my project is to create something for people, especially females that can make them feel warm, support, and independence. After communicating with Marcela, I also added some accessories about how to save yourself from sexual abuse to tell people how to protect themselves, so the toy is a combination of two parts. The ‘Empathy’ in the project first refers to the share feelings of warmth, support, independence, second refers to the knowledge share of reactions against sexual abuse. This concept comes from Li Xingxing, a 14-year-old girl who suffers from sexual abuse. The overall sense of purpose is to help people to live a better life, gaining mental strength and relief from the stuffed toy. After adding the accessories, there is also an educational purpose. Generally, the players can sleep with Star if they want, and they can place Star in its room when needed, they can also DIY clothes/accessories for Star if they want.
Toy Design and Prototyping
Bubble is a 3D-printed little cat who loves drinking bubble tea.
The toy is a ragdoll cat called Bubble, who has strong muscles and loves drinking bubble teas. I designed this for my friend Jasmine, who loves ragdoll cat and bubble teas so much. Bubble is strong because Jasmine is in our school’s volleyball team and always hits me as the strength that she thinks is small. I designed 4 back-up bubble teas in different favors based on the bubble teas we have had together, and Jasmine can switch the bubble tea in Bubble’s hat every day.
Toy Design and Prototyping