The Cloud Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
An experimental lab that explores the design of our environment through emerging technologies in computing, interface and device culture.
This is your hands on architecture. Building Modeling + Motion Capture
A Prototype of the Digital Lathe
Modeling tools for architects and designers have largely been envisioned within the paradigm set early on in visual computing. Precise mouse or pen-based movement has given us high accuracy but fairly low bandwidth in expressing all we are capable of.
Inexpensive motion capture technology, such as Microsoft's innovative Kinect game controller, are great tools for investigating alternative forms of modeling. In this case, the conventional lathe becomes a departure point to investigate how new digital tools can infuse new possibilities in 3D modeling.
The Digital Lathe is built in Processing and uses Dan Shiffman's port of the OpenKinect library.