"Computational Design and Fabrication of Customized Gamepads" presented by Christos Mousas, Southern Illinois University
As a result of 3D printers’ increasingly affordable cost, much research on fabricating and 3D printing of functional objects is conducted nowadays. Besides their use in engineering, designers that need prototypes have also used them to quickly and affordably evaluate the desired manufactured object. Designing and fabricating gamepads is challenging because not only does the gamepads’ appearance need to be considered but also the physical validity and user experience they might provide. By taking advantage of 3D printing and intelligent fabrication through computers, in this talk I will present a pipeline for digitally fabricating customized gamepads, whose shape can assemble to approximate an in-game object. It is believed that such pipeline can help manufacturers create gamepad prototypes customized for specific games. The gamepad prototypes can be 3D-printed for testing before being used for mass factory production. The pipeline can convert 3D objects found in a variety of online datasets into gamepads by retargeting the structure of a gamepad’s buttons to a chosen 3D object. The results obtained from the user study indicated that the fabricated gamepads can be considered valid physical objects and also that gamepads resembling a game object significantly enhance users’ gaming experience. Future work on extending the current pipeline would also be presented.
Christos Mousas is an assistant professor at the University of Southern Illinois and director of the Graphics & Entertainment Technology Lab. He holds an MSc in Virtual Environments and a Ph.D. in Informatics, both from the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK). During the academic year 2014-2015 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of the Aegean (Mytilene, Greece) and during 2015-2016 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). Christos conducts research in computer graphics with a focus on topics in animation, virtual reality, and computational fabrication & 3D printing. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Eurographics.
Wednesday, February 14 at 12:20pm to 1:20pm
McAdams Hall, 119
821 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA