Molecular Imaging Using Kinect
Student Researchers: Norman Chamusah and Benn Snyder
Faculty Advisors: Denise Byrnes (CS) and Nicholas Shaw (Chemistry)
The goal of this project is to extend the work of the Molecular Playground for use in an educational environment. The Molecular Playground is a hardware-software installation that allows the user to rotate 3-D chemical molecules. This is done by capturing hand positions detected by the Kinect camera and sending these positions to a 3-D modeler. Our extensions also support 3-D rotations and add x-y translations, molecule selection and partial molecule rotation. This allows the chemistry instructor to interact more naturally with the model and without direct contact with the hardware.