Capstone Proposal

Magic Mirror:

Try your outfit without having to change your cloth and share it with others for feedback!

My capstone proposal consists on creating a magic mirror that will help the user try their favorite cloth in different colors in real time. This way, you can see what shirt or sweater looks better on you.  The player will also be able to “grab” the image in the mirror and “put” it in their phone to share it with friends. The world is reactive if we let it be magical.

Mobile phones bring computing power to immobile objects. With this in mind, I decided to incorporate our phones in the experience to bring the mirror even more alive. I got inspired on the video below and really wanted to do something similar. From here I got the idea of grabbing the image in the mirror and “put” it on the phone to share it with others:

Research: 

There are some people also trying to bring mirrors to live. For example Neiman Marcus’ Digital Mirror record what you currently are wearing for later to compare it with a new outfit. Another example is Rebecca Minkoff First Interactive Store. Users can select their cloths in a giant touchscreen mirror. Then the cloth will be taken to a fitting room and when it is ready the user will get a text message. Inside the fitting room the user has access again to the touchscreen mirror. Here they can ask for other sizes etc. and share their findings through social network.

Even though these two ideas are very good, I wanted to bring a more magical experience to live. Magic mirror will use these two examples as case studies and expand on what works and what doesn’t.  It will be real-time, and it will allow the user to share it with others through the phone gesture.

The project will be broken into 4 main stages:

  • Stage 1:
    • Successfully change color of clothing in real time with the use of the kinect.
  • Stage 2:
    • Successfully “grab” the current image and send it to your phone to share it.
  • Stage 3:
    • Make the magic mirror a more interesting object by using a 3D mesh and projection mapping.
  • Stage 4:
    • Polish

 

References:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYveEdhTgBs

http://www.digitalsignagetoday.com/videos/rebecca-minkoff-debuts-first-interactive-store/

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/13/neiman-marcus-memory-mirror/

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Marioneta

Last semester I was the technical lead for a project called Marioneta! This project was made with one experience designer, one sound designer, one artist and two programmers (me being one of them).

Marioneta was a project for the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum to create a puppet gesture recognition and mirroring effect with the use of Microsoft Kinect v2. The projects main focus is to create an endless experience in which everything in the world will react to the users actions as they become and impersonate a puppet.

This installation is currently installed in the museum, you can go check it out!