IITs have never failed to surprise us by their innovations. Here is a project by a bunch of students from IIT Kanpur who have developed an application that creates a 3D image on a computer or mobile screen with the help of a web camera or a front camera.
Innovation knows no boundaries when it comes to students of IIT. A team of three students initiated a project to ameliorate the online shopping experience by giving it a three dimensional twist. The members of the team, Pranav Kumar, Lavisha Aggarwal and Mayank Pathak, who are now in the final year of the course, were supported by the faculty and were provided with all the assistance they sought. The group came up with an idea of developing an interface that could enable us to have a hand-free web experience. While using e-commerce websites, the group realized that there was a possibility to develop a display that would enable users to have a real life shopping experience even online. The main feature of the project is that the display uses the front camera of a device to display any object as if it were real 3 dimensional entity, showing its perspective view on the basis of the viewer’s face orientation with respect to the camera.
The application uses a single camera for its functioning and is purely based on algorithms. The trio have coded the program in C++ and used OpenCV to render products on the display.
The prototype finds applications in e-commerce and for gamers. It is useful for electronic commerce companies like Amazon, Flipkart, ebay, etc where customers can visualize the products they’re buying in real-time. The product has the potential to being extended to making 3D displays, 3D keyboard which would amount to an entirely 3 dimensional experience of the user. The group suggests that it can be combined with the Microsoft Kinect packages to improve the gaming experience of professional gamers. The project was not only appreciated on institutional level but also won the Ericson Award.
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