PROJECT Interactive design, custom software build, custom hardware build
ROLE Interaction Designer and Engineer
TOOLS Optical Sensor, AFrame.js
FABRICATION Dave & Gabe
Big Sphere is spherical interface for spherical content. It enables multiple people to watch and navigate 360° video together on a big screen.
My design was inspired by the first computer mouse, developed by the British Royal Navy in the 1950s, which was a bowling ball placed on top gears to record X and Y rotation.
To make this interface, I rigged an optical sensor and placed it underneath an acid-washed crystal ball. As the ball rotates, the optical sensor tracks the ball’s movements. This data is sent to a custom aframe.js framework which eases the input.
The interface thus works as a large wireless trackball mouse, so that rotating the sphere rotates the 360° video. The inner workings of the system are invisible to the user, making the experience feel seamless.
The acid-washed crystal ball and its foundation were fabricated by Dave & Gabe.