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«Traces: Vision System»
Traces is the most recent in a series of projects which focus on the question of embodiment with respect to computational systems. The CAVE is an inherently more embodying technology that head-mounted-display VR: in a CAVE you share your physical space with virtual objects. But in both the CAVE and HMD-VR, the body is reduced to a single datapoint in the computational system: the coordinates of the tracker. To address this shortcoming, we have built an infra-red multi-camera machine-vision system which constructs a volumetric model of the whole of the users body in real time. The user is able to interact in a direct bodily way with the computational system and is not encumbered by wires or by pointing devices (which often require learned multi-button procedures).