Fall 2004 Final Exam

This final exam is a 'take home' exam. You are expected to work on it completely by yourself. It is due at 3:30pm on 12/8. By then you should have set up a web page with your solution and emailed the location of that web page to Andy. At that time we will meet in class and you will have 5 minutes to briefly describe your solution to the class. We wont have time for a question/answer period.

This final is designed to have you think about all of the things we have talked about, read about, and worked on in class to solve a problem. The problem is this:

You are approached by the curator of The Big Museum who wants to use virtual reality as part of an exhibit on <insert historical/archeological site here>. Now here virtual reality can be thought of in a general sense including augmented reality, haptics, head and/or hand tracking, head mounted displays, projection displays, audio etc.

You get a room that is 15 yards (or meters) by 15 yards (or meters) and a ceiling as high as you want it to be (though you only get one floor).

You get to pick a historical/archeological site that you think would benefit from VR. Pick something you are familiar with or something you are interested in. Feel free to do research on the web. Here 'historical' should mean at least 50 years ago, though preferably much more. Details are important here. What you want to view will affect what devices you employ. Make sure I understand why you choose what you choose. Why is this the right way for viewers to experience this site. There may be several different things that you can view on a single display. Make sure you describe at least one of them in sufficient detail that I can see how it would work with a series of similar things that you list.

You get to pick the display or combination of displays that would best suit the situation. Note that there should be no bias towards or against displays that have been developed here. You should also talk about the hardware needed to drive these displays and give a rough cost for the whole setup.

You get to describe the experience of the users. Drawings may be useful here.

There probably will also be physical things as part of the exhibit, but thatís not mandatory, especially if such objects don't exist or are extremely rare.

The curator would like to move 250 people through this room every hour. These people may come as individuals or small groups of friends and families or school classes of 25 people. You should be able to support all those different types effectively and make sure your experiences allow people to flow through the space at this rate.

You should give a rough idea of the staffing involved in running these displays as well as maintaining them behind the scenes.

Your write-up should be well thought out and organized. You get time to do this, so it should not be a stream of consciousness answer. I would suggest thinking about it, making some sketches, writing some notes, then organizing them, do a first draft, let it sit for a day or two, then come back and read it critically looking for holes that you need to fill.

One big question is how long should this be, and thatís a hard one to answer. You are not graded on quantity. You are graded on quality and comprehensiveness but also succinctness. Quality vs Quantity looks like a bell curve in this case. I would think something about the size of a typical research paper would be about right including images.


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