Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2016 - (Page 5)
E R IC AMER ES '88, EMPAC SENIOR R ESEAR CH
engineer, and Gordon Clement '14, EMPAC
media systems integrator, have created the
Campfire, a new computing interface that
allows a small group of users to collaboratively consider information.
When we need to consider information
as a group, most of us turn to a computer
projector and a mouse. The world may
be round, but our only digital option for
exploring it in a meeting is on a flat screen.
Surpassing that limitation-by creating new
computer interfaces that allow people
to intuitively share and manipulate data-
vastly expands the power of computers in
collaborative decision-making situations.
The Campfire is a new computing interface that allows a small group of users to
collaboratively consider information. The
Campfire is one of the first tools in the new
CISL at EMPAC lab (see page 4).
As suggested by its name, the Campfire is
a projection device shaped like a cylindrical
fire pit, about six feet in diameter and two
feet high. A wide rim surrounds the top of
the cylinder, allowing users to gather around
the Campfire and view data projected onto
the walls and flat circular floor of the device.
Related data sets or images can be projected
onto different locations inside the Campfire,
with the edge between the surfaces acting
as a blending site.
"Because of the way that you're arranged,
you immediately feel like you're engaged in
the same content," says Ameres. "Multiple
people can be looking at the same thing,
and at any point, I can look up and see
your eyes and see where you're looking.
It may sound trivial, but being able to
observe someone else's attention is something we do as humans all the time, and
is central to collaboration."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2016
Table of Contents
Snapshot: The Future of Cognitive Computing
President's View: Situations Rooms
Feature: The Power of Computation
Feature: Music to Our Ears
Feature: Troy Revival
One Last Thing: The Greatest Generation
YouTube Link: Launch of Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL)
YouTube Link: Cognitive Boardroom
YouTube Link: White House National Medals of Science and Technology Ceremony
YouTube Link: 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2016