All current versions of SynergyNet, TEL‘s multi-touch framework for classrooms, have support for TUIO. However, anyone who has tried to use the software may have noticed that its TUIO support can be flakey at times. This has been amended in a recent update to SynergyNet 2.5 and 3.
Recently we’ve made the push at TEL in Durham to make code relating to work developed in the SynergyNet project more accessible. We have now started an effort to create guides for getting started on developing with our software. This post details how to build a development platform for our multi-touch framework; SynergyNet.
Multi-touch technology is becoming more common place in both industrial and casual computing. With this rise in use developers are producing a wider range of multi-touch interfaces, each with different elements in their design. One element that most have in common is the shape of the display.
I recently got rid of my iPhone and bought a HTC phone with Android (one of the best consumer decisions I’ve ever made). I decided to see if I could using the phone’s multi-touch input to produce TUIO. After some searching I found an app on the nuigroup forums calledTUIO droid by TobiTobsen (Available here).
Its been a while since anything was posted on this blog so its time for an update. First of all I’ll just point out that I’ve been working really hard on a thesis. I don’t want to go into any more detail about it till its accepted so I haven’t posted any updates concerning it. Hopefully in the new year I’ll be able to make several posts detailing what it was about.
I’ve showcased the multi-touch plugin for Compiz before but I thought I’d bring a new feature into the light. Robert (whose website you can see here: http://highpointvantage.com/) has managed to make the multi-touch plugin compatible with Compiz’s firepaint plugin. The result is some amazing eye candy as you can see below.
A few people have asked me how to install the compiz multi-touch plugin so here is a quick guide (for recent editions of ubuntu). I’d like to thank all the developers who provided the original code and modifications for this plugin. I just consolidated their code, they did all the hard work.
Using the new multi-touch tables at Durham University provided by Ness Furniture we tried out the currently available multi-touch features of two operating systems. The first operating system is Windows 7 which comes with some simple multi-touch features, mostly mouse emulation and image manipulation.