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TAC.TILES is a DJ-like Physical Interface for 3D Modeling

 The TAC.TILES 3D mouse control panel

The TAC.TILES 3D mouse control panel

As you are well aware, those wonderful 3D models you create each day are traditionally crafted with a mouse, a keyboard, too many mouse clicks and an occasional flinging of the keyboard across the room. 

Now this is all well and good, but it’s the 21st century–the age of (almost) flying cars and (almost) colonizing moons. Fortunately, one Belgian student has a knob and slider concept that will have you modeling like it’s the future… or 1927. One of those.

 The TAC.TILES 3D mouse control panel

The TAC.TILES 3D mouse control panel

Product Designer, Simon Van Pottelbergh, a soon-to-be graduate of the LUCA School of Arts, recently posted a video of his design for an analog interface for 3D modeling, TAC.TILES. The 15-module physical control set is an experiment is creating 3D models using different knobs, sliders and even a depth sensing theremin-like module.

Though it looks like he’s preparing to mix a DJ set, TAC.TILES is conceptualized as an intuitive tool where each module performs a specific action to pull, push, twist or contort your 3D model into a work of art. Though specifics of the controls are not given, Simon told WB Engineering his idea is to break down the barrier between designers and their designs, providing a more simplistic user interface to create shapes very quickly.

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