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IKD - (Interactive Kiosk Demonstrator)

The MUVII IKD (Interactive Kiosk Demonstrator) is one out of the two major results of IST MUVII Project. This result integrates several other results of this project. It consists of three main parts:

1) The IKD Haptic Device, an innovative and patent pending 6DOF wearable haptic interface with force and tactile feedback that allows fine and intuitive finger manipulation of virtual objects;

2) The IKD Development and Run-Time Platform a unique and innovative platform for the rapid development and efficient running of advanced 3D haptic applications;

3) Two prototype demonstrator educational/entertainment applications for schoolchildren, namely "Newtonian physics, trajectories and the Solar System" and "Virtual Model Assembly & Gears".

The user of IKD by using the IKD Haptic Device can investigate and explore various 3D objects and feel their material, surface, size, shape, etc. or select, pick-up, hold, move, orient and release/place objects and feel forces on her fingers (weight, torque, collisions, etc.). Several modules or "engines" comprise the IKD Platform: Application & Graphics Engine (based on Virtools), Physics Engine (Vortex), Tracking System, 3D Audio Engine, force-feedback controllers and tactile-feedback controllers.

Our approach to use an Interactive Haptic-based Kiosk for educating children is not very common. The opportunity of having a natural "look and feel" environment for teaching purposes is very promising indeed. MUVII IKD have demonstrated new interaction paradigms in a novel integration of interaction modalities: 3D-vision, 3D-audio and haptic (force and tactile) feedback.

The IKD applications and the whole IKD have been tested and verified by more than 200 school children (aged between 10-17 years old) in Patras and demonstrated to users of various ages, (kids, teenagers and adults) at Laval Virtual in May 2004. The trials showed that IKD could offer great improvement to the existing teaching methods. All teachers and esp. pupils were very enthusiastic and attracted by the IKD and its applications. The applications helped users to be concentrated on their aim. Currently there are not applications similar to the ones we have specified and implemented in the framework of the MUVII project, incorporating characteristics like independent force-feedback on two fingers, combination of force-feedback and tactile feedback, efficient 3D-sound sub-system, targeting children of varied school age, efficient haptic interaction metaphors etc.

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