Introducing Potel: A pottery maker simulator for VR.

Potel is a small VR application that focuses on exploring the art of pottery creation through virtual reality. Inside Potel, users are able to create virtual pots with the aid of a spinning wheel that lets them shape virtual “clay” the same way you would do if you where making pottery in real life.

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The way the players interact with the world is with their hands by modeling pottery to their will either by pushing or pulling an initial blob of clay.

We use a Leap motion for tracking the user’s hands movements in the world. An Oculus Rift to immerse themselves in the generated scene and an optional in house hand vibrators that let players know when they are interacting with the world.

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Finally after the desired shape has been created the user can 3D print the created art.

UP3Ck6If you happen to have an Oculus rift and a leap motion, feel free to download it from here.

We have noticed a big portion of the users that tried the system without haptic feedback (but knowing about the depth cues) try to place their hands just over the surface of the clay on the first experiences.

Some other users after the first attempts when they are pretty immersed in the environment try to reach a bucket of water that is next to the chair as a prop thinking that everything in the world is inter-actable.

The system currently supports clay deformation for each finger but we decided to stick to the palms because sometimes the leap tracker gets lost and the clay model gets affected because of tracking issues.

 

Here’s a small video of the app working:

And in case you are interested in a more in depth explanation on how the system works, you can read a paper we wrote in here.

If you like it, let me know :).

2 Responses to “Introducing Potel: A pottery maker simulator for VR.”

  1. Juan Sebastian says:

    Hey Len, that version only works for the leap motion, do you have something in mind specifically?, the underlying part of the deformation works with this: https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/en/#!/content/5141

  2. Len says:

    Hey! The VR Pottery wheel is very cool. Was thinking of trying to make something similar with Vive just because I want to try it!
    Do you have a version that would work with Vive?
    Cheers.
    -Len