Tactile 3D – The 3D interface for your windows computer
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This is no game. Tactile 3D
is the next generation 3D desktop that aids in organizing your files and directories
by allowing you to customize their position in a 3D space. All common file operations are supported.
Welcome to cyberspace.
Think of Tactile
as a 3D file explorer with the ability to organize in a 3D space by exploiting useful visual and
audible cues. The design of the interface is based on our remarkable ability to recall the placement
of a virtually unlimited number of stationary objects. Quick! Where's your camera? What drawer are your
blue socks in?
effectively identifies files, directories, and drives by using various 3D models.
Organizing your data in a more visual way alleviates the current necessity to
remember cryptic file and path names to get what you want.
Many features of modern 2D desktops remind us that there
isn't enough room to organize large numbers of files. Menus that pop up from nowhere and virtual desktops are
indications that a better organizational construct is needed.
corrects these deficiencies by improving upon traditional tree-based file system interfaces.
It is more than a 3D replacement for your 2D desktop. It is an organization system for entire
hierarchies of information. It will not try to take-over your current desktop and runs as a standard
windows application. The desktop has had decades of development and any improvements need to integrate into that
established and robust framework.
The Tactile 3D UI
allows you to roam around a 3D space and place objects where you want. Each object gives
clues as to its contents by emitting sounds and mapping thumbnails and icons onto certain faces.
Other cues include a faster rotation rate for recently accessed content, different lighting for read-only files, and
variation in collision sound effects based on file size.
Structurally Tactile 3D
is a tree and allows you to explore your entire filesystem. You are able
to enter various spaces like hard drives, removable media, and directories. The scale of the the space you
enter depends on the number of files and other objects that must fit inside. The overall impression this
leaves is one of exploring a vast virtual landscape, with each directory being a new world. It's difficult to
describe; so simply try it for yourself.
One of the primary goals of this project was to develop a tool that is both useful and emmersive.
A great deal of effort was spent on giving Tactile 3D
impressive graphics and sound.
However, just as much effort was spent on implementing features not found in standard file explorers.
These features include a stack
for common file operations. Most file explorers simply erase
previous copy or move selections, while Tactile 3D
remembers them. There are also
features that allow any object to be user-positioned, unlike most systems where only items on the
desktop have specific positions.
All objects are numbered, and you can easily
scroll to the next or previous one. This is particularly useful for scrolling through image
or photo collections. There is a hot-key system that works like radio buttons in a car.
Hit the hot-key and you are instantly transported to that location. To use Tactile 3D
for organizing music on your CDs, simply grab and move your favourite mp3 or CDDA tracks to the side.
The next time that CD is inserted, Tactile 3D
will remember where you placed them.
You'll be able to quickly determine what tracks you want to play.
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Enjoy exploring the virtual reality of your computer.