AR support system for constructing tensegrity structures

This is an AR support system for constructing objects with a tensegrity structure, created by the Hirasawa Lab at Chiba University. “We liked this shape a lot. But things like this are difficult to design and build. So, we’re using AR to support their construction.” “This structure consists of three-rod units. Here, we’re using AR to help fabricate the units correctly.” “As you can see, the ends of these rods have red target marks on them. The marks are there to show whether the top is in the right position. I think you can see that this one is misaligned, but if we line it up, a different part gets out of alignment. In ways like this, tensegrity units involve a delicate balance of wire tensions. So, it’s difficult to adjust their positions overall. If you pull this, then these match, but this one goes too far. It’s really hard to adjust them while measuring them in the same way. So, the method we suggest is to build the structure while checking that the overall concept is correct, using AR to help.”  

English: Tensegrity Icosahedron

English: Tensegrity Icosahedron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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