05666473 is referenced by 150 patents and cites 4 patents.

A device for the simultaneous modeling and rendering of three-dimensional objects on a computer display through a tactile user input. The tactile user input consists in part of a closed solid surface. The preferred form of this surface is a ball. This ball is enveloped by a plurality of sensors, all of which can feed electronic signals to a central processing unit equipped for graphical display. The software component of the device contains data structures representing various primitive and other generic solid objects, such as a sphere, a cube, a cylinder, and coarse generic anatomical solids (human head, hand, nose, arm, foot, torso, leg, body, horse head, dog head, etc.). Each primitive or generic solid object has defining nodes which are geometrically correllated to the relative positions of the sensors on the tactile ball. The spatial positions of the nodes are altered in response to tactile stimulus applied to corresponding sensors on the tactile ball. Furthermore, as the tactile ball is rotated about its own center of gravity by the user, the nodal network is rotated in a corresponding manner, allowing the user to see, and therefore more easily manipulate, hidden surfaces. This device promotes the artistic creation of computer displayed solid objects that are not easily approximated by conventional approaches, such as mathematically defined surfaces.

Title
Tactile computer aided sculpting device
Application Number
7/957874
Publication Number
5666473
Application Date
October 8, 1992
Publication Date
September 9, 1997
Inventor
Michael G Wallace
Albuquerque
NM, US
Agent
Donovan F Duggan
Deborah A Peacock
Jeffrey D Myers
Assignee
Science & Technology Corporation & Unm
NM, US
IPC
G06F 3/14
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