This year we (the TEL research group at Durham University) have been working on developing a more stable version of SynergyNet, our multi-touch software framework. Named SynergyNet 3, this framework is much better than previous versions, both in terms of performance and stability.
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.