In this previous post I mentioned that we at TEL in Durham had been running some studies using the Kinect with SynergyNet. Though data analysis is still being carried out on the results I’ve decided to provide some details on the system, its working and its capabilities, in addition to some of the initial findings.
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.
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.
SynergyNet for Early Years is a project built using SynergyNet 3, a multi-touch framework developed as part of the SynergyNet project. The objective of this project is to adapt the SynergyNet software platform to support use by early years students.
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.