Purdue design tool eliminates mouse, keyboard

May 26, 2013 • Business

Purdue University graduate student Yu Liu uses Shape-It-Up, a design tool that interprets hand gestures Wednesday, May 15, 2103, at [auth] the university in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, Justin Mack)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — In the movie “Iron Man 3,” the hero is seen in his lab using only hand gestures to create and manipulate 3-D images with the help of movie magic and a supercomputer.

But at Purdue University, researchers working on a new design tool are doing it everyday.

A Purdue-designed tool called Shape-It-Up interprets hand movements, enabling designers and artists to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a natural user interface instead of keyboard and mouse.

Professor of mechanical engineering Karthik RamaniIn says the science is going to get closer and closer to that seen in “Iron Man.” He tells Journal & Courier ( ) the idea is to get people to focus on what they’re doing and creating and not worry about how a computer program works.

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