Chalkaat is the continuation of the project Clearcut developed by Anirudh Sharma at the MIT Media Lab in the Fluid Interfaces Group.
Present day CNC/Lasercutters have a indirect interface involving external computers. Chal-Kaat is a direct manipulation laser-cutter that’s aware of the strokes being drawn on the workpiece. It is a ‘computer-less’ UI for interacting with laser cutters, where the users can express themselves more directly by working directly ‘ on the workpiece’. The camera on top tracks the strokes. Different colored markers allow different commands to be executed. We built a laser cutter from ground up, with computer vision and mechanics to optimize the interface.
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