Inflatable Icons refers to a technique that turns 2D icons into 3D models. There are many applications for this technique such as rapid prototyping, simulations and presentations, where non-professional computer users could benefit from the ability to create simple 3D models. Existing tools are geared towards the creation of production quality 3D models by professional users with sufficient background,time and motivation to overcome steep learning curves.
Inflatable Icons is a feature of AgentCubes.
Ioannidou, A., Repenning, A. and Webb, D., AgentCubes: Incremental 3D end-user development, Journal of Visual Language and Computing (2009)
Ioannidou, A., Repenning, A. and Webb, D. 2008. Using Scalable Game Design to Promote 3D Fluency: Assessing the AgentCubes Incremental 3D End-User Development Framework. In IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing. IEEE Computer, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany.
Repenning, A. 2005. Inflatable Icons: Diffusion-based Interactive Extrusion of 2D Images into 3D Models. * The Journal of Graphical Tools, 10(1): 1-15
Inflatable Icons is protected by U.S. Patent No. 7,630,580.
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