The Visualizer is both a diagnostic tool that can view recognized tangibles and their associated data, and a demo application that shows off some interesting and vibrant ways Tangible Engine can be used.
# Launching the Visualizer
To launch the Visualizer, left-click on the TE 2.0 system tray icon in the Windows task bar.
This will open up the Service interface.
Click on the Launch Visualizer button and the application will run.
# Diagnostic Mode
The Visualizer will open into the diagnostic menu by default, to allow for fast testing of tangibles. It also includes buttons to quickly navigate to the Unity Template project, the Qt Template project, and the online documentation.
Whenever a recognized tangible is placed on the table, a tangible visual will appear with all of the associated information in a dialog box such as the pattern ID, pattern name, x and y positions, and rotation. If a tangible is placed on the table and nothing appears in the visualizer, it means that Tangible Engine was unable to find a matching pattern in the current tangible profile.
# Demo Mode
The demo mode contains a few examples of how tangible recognition can be used with each example highlighting one aspect of the recognition software. For example, the rotation demo creates beautiful and elaborate kaleidoscopes that expand and morph as a tangible is rotated on the table, while the tangible interaction demo shows how tangibles can change the state of an application as they approach each other on a dynamic board.