Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Origami for VR: Architecting virtual 3D spaces with paper

Jody Medich (Singularity University)
1:15pm–1:55pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Southside Theater (Bldg D)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Prior experience playing with Legos and cutting paper. Some prior exposure to VR would also be helpful.


As designers, we’re used to creating 2D designs for 2D screens. But when it comes to 3D experience design that belongs alongside the real world, these traditional digital design tools simply… fall flat! By rapidly prototyping your designs with origami-style 3D paper models, you can overcome flat thinking, engage with your design on a physical level, and design truly compelling 3D experiences.

  • Basic Model Building Skills. Hinges, levers, folds, and cutouts
  • One Step Beyond. Tricks and ideas to prototype digital magic on the real-world object, such as the use of different color films to reveal or conceal marks from colored pencils
  • Object Interactions. 3D models offer new opportunities for interaction based on how users interact with real objects. We can use learnings from industrial and architectural design, ideas, and principles for creating 3D affordances
  • Technology Needs. How to use the models to inform technological inputs (sensors) and outputs
  • Ready, Set, Fold! Task users with a hack-a-thon.
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Jody Medich

Singularity University

Over the course of 20 years, Jody’s human-driven design practice has placed her at the bleeding frontier of new user interfaces, research, and development. As the barriers between people and technology dissolve, Jody’s grasp on physical narrative and the power of “speaking human” serves as a natural lens by which to transform everything from healthcare to virtual reality.

Prior to joining Leap Motion, she served as a principal experience designer on Microsoft’s Analog Platform. She co-founded Kicker Studio, a design consultancy specializing in NUI and R&D for companies including Intel, Samsung, and DARPA. In her spare time, she builds rockets and robots.

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Kate Benson
06/28/2015 8:39pm PDT

Hello, would it be possible to receive your slide deck ? Thanks !