Final Thoughts (Super Delayed)

by Kevin Ponto on May 23, 2011

As opposed to sending a mass email, I thought I would post my some final thoughts on here.  I started this post before sending grades and then for some reason thought it wasn’t worth posting.  I have since reconsidered, so here it is, the super delayed final class post.


Grading for this class is very difficult.  In the end there was a decently sized excel file that was used to calculated everyone’s grades.  As this process was more quantitative than qualitative, some people lost points on rather silly things.  For the most part I think this process turned out favorably for most people, but feel free to email me with any questions.


I think the thing I was most pleased with reading the evaluations was that almost everyone was happy with how their final project turned out.    Pretty much everyone felt like there were more things they could have added, things they could have improved on, but were pleased with the result.  I also think having the final projects open to the public ended up being a positive experience all around (for the students, building, and public) and may lead to more events being planned like this in the future.

The criticisms of the class were rather spread out.  On of the common requests for more lectures, especially ones on computer graphics.  Another common criticism was that the room was not well suited for discussions.  People also wish we had gone into greater details on the internals of the CAVE.  Also, people wish we could have tied the lectures with the projects.  Reviews were very mixed on issues such as, should we have a textbook, should the class have tests and quizzes.

Moving Forward

As you may have already noticed, the access to WID has been removed.  If you want to go over and test things (especially now that everything is up an running) just send me an email.  I will be splitting my time between CS and WID for the summer months.  Also, if you would like to do a VR reading group, let me know and I can do my best to facilitate it.

Also, feel free to post any photos, videos, etc on your project pages on here (I haven’t taken away anyone’s access to the website).  It might stand as a good archive of all of the work you did for the final months of the class.

In Conclusion

I want to again thank everyone for taking this class.  As was said the first day, this class was very experimental.  I feel like everyone did a wonderful job working through all of the technical challenges and I hope you felt like this class was all and all a very rewarding experience.  Feel free to email me about any questions and I wish you all the best of luck.

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Projects in Virtual Reality Final Presentations

by Kevin Ponto on May 5, 2011

Projects in Virtual Reality Final Presentations
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 — 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

The Galaxy Map Project
Time: 1:00 PM
Presented by the WuCave Clan: Joe Kohlmann, Russel Mommaerts, Rebecca Hudson, and Nathalie Cheng.
We created an immersive, interactive map of the Milky Way galaxy. Users explore
celestial bodies such as nebulae, solar systems, planets, and the galaxy itself
through an interactive zooming user interface. Slick transitions and a dynamic
soundtrack introduce viewers to the grand scale and beauty of interstellar space.
Link: Description Blog

2:00 PM

Presented by Nathan Mitchell, Reid Sawtell, Jitt Tiachunpun, and Alex Langenfeld.
NetCAVE is an attempt to recreate the classic NetHack and Rogue games inside a CAVE
environment. This includes a grid style movement scheme, dynamic lighting that only
illuminates areas near the user, and a simple combat system with the dungeon
Link: Description Blog

Jeepers Creepers
3:00 PM

Presented by Jon Kusko, Leo Bezroukov, Rachina Ahuja, and Andrego Halim.
Our project is an interactive first person shooter game. The objective is to defend
yourself against monsters and other creatures while building up your score by
killing them. You will have to navigate your way through a creepy environment and
beware of traps and surprises.
Link: Description Blog

Gypsy Space Muffins
4:00 PM

Presented by Aaron Bartholomew, Liana Zorn, Scott Hahn, and Nick Rehberg.
Our project is a music visualization game. Mind-blowing and psychedelic environment
that visualizes music through insane particle and rendering effects. You must
collect creatures that swim through this environment in order to unlock the secrets
of the universe. This system can visualize any arbitrary MP3 file, so bring any song
you want (preferably flash drive).
Link: Description Blog

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Grading info

by Kevin Ponto on May 4, 2011

I have drafted out how grading is most likely going to break down for the class here

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Final Slide

by Kevin Ponto on May 4, 2011

The final slide of your presentation should consist of the following

CAVE Rules

•Take off shoes. Must wear socks or surgical booties (provided)
•Don’t touch screens
•No food or drink
•Experience at your own risk
–If vertigo, nausea, disorientation, etc. step outside CAVE or ask for help

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Mandatory Food List for Presentations

by Aaron Bartholomew May 3, 2011 News

-Costco Sheet Cakes (Multiple) -Vegetable Platter -8-Two Liters of Sodas -Meatballs/LIttle Smokies -Nachos and/or Chips -Baked Potato Bar -Ian’s Pizza -Pixie Sticks (kids only) -Nathan’s Muffins and Cheesecake (preferably bump mapped, low specularity) -Cracker Platter -Utensils -Cups -Little Clear Plates -Root bear keg -Side of Foie Gras

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Presentation Info

by Kevin Ponto May 3, 2011 News

Here are my expectations for the presentations: I would like each group to create an electronic presentation (powerpoint) that consists of the following: Introduction Introduce everyone in your group Briefly describe what your project is Describe why you selected this project Each Person Describe your contributions to the project What kinds of difficulties you ran […]

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Presentation Schedule

by Kevin Ponto April 29, 2011 News

Here is the schedule for final presentations for Saturday May 7th, 2011 1pm: Galaxy Map Project 2pm: NetCAVE 3pm: Jeepers Creepers 4pm: Gypsy Space Muffin Gypsy Space Muffin

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Updates and Reminders

by Kevin Ponto April 20, 2011 News

Hi Everyone, Thought I would let you know that at the moment I am stranded in the Denver airport.  The flight has been delayed 4 times and is now scheduled to leave at 1am.  I am really hoping it still goes and I can just show up to class tomorrow a little sleep deprived.  If […]

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Reminder: Only use the Brennan Lab computers until Tuesday

by Kevin Ponto April 9, 2011 News

As a reminder, the Mechdyne computers are off limits until tuesday, but the 3 BrennanLab computers are completely fine to use.  Things in the lab are looking good for both the CAVE and the DevWall to be back up and running by Tuesday. Now for some fun kinect images (yes the hands are super gigantic).  […]

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Kinect Skeleton & Physics!

by Joe Kohlmann April 5, 2011 News

Kevin, Russel, and I got a little bit further with Kinect! Woo! Even better, the camera now moves with the Kinect head joint:

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