IN A NUTSHELL
- Personal project
- App turns smartphone in a magic 3D controller
- Unique and intuitive controlling expeience
FreeDee has emerged from experiments involving smartphone sensors. We discovered that the smartphone's gyroscope can provide highly precise orientation data with virtually no delay. We transmit this data to 3Ds Max through a WiFi connection and synchronize it with the orientation of the 3D object in the software. As a result, the object rotates precisely as the smartphone does in the user's hand.
As a comparison, let's consider the control mechanism of the Space Mouse, a leader in 3D mice. In the case of the Space Mouse, the joystick is used to manipulate the camera, not the object itself. This approach can make the control experience less immediate and intuitive by contrast.
The image was an inspiration to the user interface. On the phone screen, we now have a landscape of lines. Using the horizontal and vertical swipe gestures, you "move" forward, backward, or turn to the sides.
On the one hand, it perfectly visualized the user inputs. On the other, it was a visually delightful experience.
In 2016, FreeDee not only won a Red Dot Award but was also included in the category "Best of the Best". The joury stated: “a path-breaking solution” .