Exercise Two: Work Station Setup


In teams of three, students will fabricate four table-top frames to mount electronic peripherals (e.g. digital projector, Microsoft Kinect, and external monitor) for real-time sensing and visual feedback. Throughout the semester, these workstations will provide a physical context to explore the possibilities of augmenting physical dexterity with digital tools for novel hybrid design and fabrication approaches.

Augmented Table

Example frame configuration with Kinect and Projector


In this exercise students will:

  1. Confront the importance of physical context in high-skill domains.
  2. Consider the potential to augment physical work spaces with digital tools.
  3. Interact with the basic hardware/software for sensing and visualization.
  4. Begin to calibrate translations from digital to physical space.


  1. Tuesday 01.27.15
    1. Develop and fabricate laser cut connectors for 80/20. (In Class)
    2. Assemble four table-top frames using 80/20 aluminum extrusion and hardware. See schematic model in resources for details. (In Class)
    3. Clamp frames to work tables. (In Class)
    4. Compile McMaster Carr order for additional parts. (In Class)
  2. Thursday 01.29.15
    1. Mount peripherals to frame. (In Class)
    2. Run and fasten cords for all mounted peripherals. (In Class)
    3. Update necessary software on lab Ultrabooks. (In Class)
    4. Run demonstration sketches for Kinect and projector. (In Class)
    5. Test and calibrate all peripherals using Grasshopper. (In Class)
  3. Tuesday 02.03.15
    1. Submit project documentation to XSEAD.


  1. Four completed workstations including assembled frames, mounted peripherals, and organized cords.
  2. Complete test calibrations for projector and Kinect using IDeATe Ultrabooks.
  3. For Tuesday (02.03.15) elect a small team to submit a single exercise post to the XSEAD site as discussed on the Submissions page. The post should include a short description of the workstations with accompanying images of the fabrication process and calibration. Please be sure to add the project to the appropriate ‘pool’ as linked. Please be sure to create your project by first navigating to the appropriate pool and selecting “Add new project to pool”, otherwise it won’t be linked where we can find it.
  4. Please upload any original design files (e.g., Rhino, SolidWorks, Illustrator) to the Contributions folder in the course Google Drive folder, using reasonably descriptive names so your peers will be able to modify them as needed.  You have also be granted edit access using your Andrew IDs, please let us know if there is a problem.



See attached Rhino model for frame assembly and peripheral specs. (3D Model)


Projector: BenQMX620ST

Kinect: V2 for Windows 


AR Sandbox by Oliver Kreylos, UC Davis