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Finally this day has come! Today we’ll fly to New York in few hours! We’ll try to write to this blog as often as possible, of course with photos 😉

With us good luck ^^

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Posted on: July 5, 2011

    Our project is devoted to children. And now we are going to tell about our experience of using it on the lesson with real children 😉
    Those, who watched our Imagine Cup performance already have seen our video report about the kindergarten lesson. But even they don’t know all the details of this event. And now we are going to lift the veil of security under this trip.
    The lesson was to pass about 30 minutes, because it’s difficult for 4-5 years old children to stand longer. But we have been preparing for this during few days. Firstly we searched for a simple model that should be easily folded by children and at the same time it should be recognizable and effective. That occured to be a panda model by Sy Chen. We have folded it in our origami constructor and got a virtual model for displaying it with animation on the big screen.

    We have decided to split lesson in two parts: a small introduction and the folding process. So that little children could not be acquainted with pandas, that’s why we prepared a story and a legend about them. Then we took scissors and coloured paper: we needed to prepare colored squares.
    And here, the cherished had come! Everyone is worried, because our lesson will visit teachers, methodologist, manager… and the main are CHILDREN!!! How will they interpret our program? Can they fold the model? Will they like our story?
    So, we are in the kindergarten, arranged the projector, screen, prepared notebook. And now, here THEY come!
    Firstly we are getting acquainted. The first suddenness: we are “aunts” and “uncles”! )) The second is – asking “Do you know what is origami?” they all at once shaked their heads)) Luckily it turned out that they have already folded paper models, but the didn’t know that it is called origami.
    So, the lesson has begun. Every team member has his own role: Alexey operates notebook, Yulia and Ksenia helps children, Alexander conducts the lesson.
    All actions on the screen we duplicated on the sheet of paper. But oftenly children began folding just watching the animation on the screen. We unfoundedly were afraid, children succeeded excellently!

    It turned out later that the model was too difficult. The teachers said that it goes better to the children at the age of 7-8
    The fresh course in modern game development is interaction with computer through gestures. One of the first companies started using this opportunity was Microsoft, that produced the controller device, named “Kinect”. We would remind, that this is a special device, equiped with video and infrared sensors, used as game controller for xbox 360 video game platform.
    But it isn’t the only way of using this device. There are projects, using kinect to assist physically challanged people. But we tried to adapt it for working with childern. Recently we’ve got this device and now we are going to tell you, what turned out of this.

    We concidered few ways of using kinect in our project.

    • Controlling the virtual folding process with the help of gestures.
    • Using kinect in augmented reality module.
    • Simple controlling of viewing 3D origami models.
    The first way is quite technically difficult and also we want children to fold models with real paper because we make bridge between reality and virtuality, but we do not want to bring entire process into the virtual world. Using kinect for augmented reality is too expencive, because we don’t use all its possibilities in this case. But in principle nothing prevents you from using it just as a cam. That’s why we stopped at the third variant – cotrolling viewing model, because you don’t loose anything in case of lack of kinect – its functions can be replaced with a common mouse. But by connecting it to our application you and your kids will get a lot of joy.
    And today during usual team-meeting we watched the result of our work.

    Yet we succeeded in possibility of rotating model in space and switching the diagram steps. Firstly faced with this device and developing for it, we got numbers of funny bugs and effects, and our attempts to make kinect work as we want looked like ritual dancing.(“Oh, great kinect! Show us what will happen next! Show us the future of this piece of paper!”).

    But we do not lose heart and we’ll continue to set up and debug work with this device.
    We’d love to get your ideas about other ways of using kinect for origami folding. 🙂
    OriTeam
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Posted on: June 3, 2011

    Hello!
    We are OriTeam. Finally, we started this blog, which is mostly about development of our project “OriCrafter” and about everything that has connection with it in some way.
    For more information about our project visit

oricrafter.com

    It was decided to give us some practice before New-York. And on Monday about 9.00 at breakfast-meeting in Russian department of Microsoft we presented our project.
    (Thanks Dmitry Soshnikov for photo!)
    Audience liked our presentation, we got some feedback and also some ideas to think about.  And now we are working on a short video for Imagine Cup for voting.
    Wish us good luck!
    Best regards, OriTeam.

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