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.: Pictures

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At Heureka Science Centre

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These photos were taken at the Heureka Science Centre when the Music exhibition had started, the Virtual Air Guitar webcam version being one of its attractions.

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On TV news

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The Virtual Air Guitar was featured on a national Finnish TV news broadcast (Kymmenen Uutiset) on March 17th, 2005.

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Testing at Heureka

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These photos were taken at Heureka before the launch of the Music exhibition.

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Early development screenshots

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These screenshots were taken from the webcam software at various points during development. The guides and guitar centreline were removed later.

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Control sticks interface

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Matti Karjalainen's interface for the Virtual Air Guitar, a pair of control sticks with accurate ultrasonic positioning.

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VR interface

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The VR interface uses magnetic tracking to read the position of gloves on the user's hands, and optical fibres to measure finger bending. The VR room also has projection screens for visualization, which was an opportunity that could not be passed by.

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Articles in the media

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helsingin-sanomat-19.3.jpg Helsingin Sanomat, March 19th, 2005 (Finnish)

helsingin-sanomat-31.3.jpg Helsingin Sanomat, March 31st, 2005 (Finnish)

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lansivayla-20.3.jpg Länsiväylä, March 20th, 2005 (Finnish)

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Invisible Drum

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The Invisible Drum was based on the Virtual Air Guitar's webcam interface, but instead of gloves, the camera tracks an orange drum stick, which the user can use to strike a physical model of a drum membrane and edit its physical properties in real time.

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