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The Dimension Book

The Dimension Book is a novel interface in the form of a book, which can dynamically reflect various changes in the physical world into the virtual world. This work functions as media where not only data but also the environment itself is treated as information.

Innovation
The innovation of The Dimension Book is the integration of devices and sensors to create a seamless boundary between real and virtual worlds, and to perform the function of a "handy book device" with a convenient interface. An LCD display serves as the actual book, which is held in the user's hands. The virtual world reflecting the environment of the real world is displayed on the screen through computer graphics.

Vision
In future versions, the device will be lighter-weight. In order to enjoy the virtual world reflecting changes in the environment instinctively, without discomfort, it is very important to enable the user to hold the device with little effort. In addition, the domain of the measurable and presentable environment will be expanded, to improve accuracy of measurements, and to realize a more comfortable interface.

With these improvements, The Dimension Book will become a new medium to replace documents such as catalogs that only present imagery from a fixed viewpoint, or to become a communication tool that enables each user in a remote place to share each other's real environment by using multiple devices. It also could become a handy virtual laboratory, similar to a wind tunnel or a cloud chamber.

Contact
Kensuke Hatano
The University of Tokyo

Contributors
Daisuke Masui
Hui-Wan Yen
Musashino Art University




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