Anne Marie Shilito is doing research at ECA's department of design and applied arts into a user centred haptic computing system for applied artists. This involves using a 3D haptics drawing machine, which is like a computer mouse that moves in three dimensions instead of two to allow you to draw forms in real space. The main application for this is to have the forms produced in a rapid prototyping machine as in the images above. The big difference in Ann Marie's work is that the software interface will be developed with makers and craftspeople in mind, to make it accesible to those who are not skilled in the ways of CAD. And thats where I come in. I'm going to be a guinnea pig for Ann Marie and her team to work on real live projects carried out as case studies so they can get direct feedback for development. Check it out here: http://www.anarkik3d.co.uk/, http://www.anarkikangels.co.uk/, www2.eca.ac.uk/tacitus.