The responsive workbench is an interactive colloborative system for stereo visualization of volumetric and surface data. It can be customized for a variety of purposes such as scientific visualization, architectural and industrial design and game applications.
Main component of the workbench is the table top that is used as the main display and interaction area. The visual content, such as menu items, 2D/3D visualizations and Video Images, that is generated on the display server units of the system, is projected (in stereo) on to this table top. Users of the system wear stereo goggles for 3D stereo viewing.
A head tracking subsystem is used to drive the virtual cameras in the 3D visualizations. A stereo camera is utilized for this purpose.
Head tracking gear mounted on stereo goggles
Figure shows a scale model built for an architectural project. Building such models is an extremely time consuming process. Although the architects, actually have the relevant 3D models on their computers, they underline that looking at a scaled model that sits on a table is something they are accustomed to and provides more feeling to the design process. Responsive Workbench is a system that can provide this functionality without the hassle of actually building the scaled models.