My mom used to be an interior designer that helped her clients with selection of furniture. She told me that it is very hard to visualize how a piece will blend in with a room just by taking measurements and seeing different colors. So I was inspired to develop a software that can be used for such uses and much more.
How it works
The program works by using the Microsoft Kinect Sensor to browse through 3D images of a catalog of household items. The user can then put what he likes in a virtual house with gesture control. It can then be dragged around and rotated until the user finds an orientation he likes before he sets it. Finally, if the entire arrangement is found suitable it can be purchased from within the virtual room with BitCoins.
Challenges I ran into
The challenges that we faced are integrating the Kinect and Unity3D and finding the best intuitive gestures in such a short time.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
The accomplishment that we are proud of is the fact that we created project that integrates innovative technology with design and planning which is also a big step in the future of visualization.
What I learned
What we learned is that we should interact with other developers for advices and also take breaks while hacking. Enjoy the most of it and don't expect a perfect product that is created within a 24 hour hack. Make a prototype and listen to people's feedback to decide whether to continue on the project.
What's next for Kesign 3D
The next step of Kesign 3D is to hear user input and make it more intuitive, this way average people will be able to interact with more ease. We also would hope that there is a chance where big furniture companies like Ikea and housing realtors cooperate with us to make our software bigger and better.