Despite the multi-touch framework SynergyNet still being useful, it is starting to show its age. Its now time for a new framework to take its place which offers the same functionality but uses modern technologies. SynergyMesh is the spiritual successor to the SynergyNet framework. It offers most of the distinguishing features of SynergyNet, such as its multi-touch gesture support and advanced networking, as part of a web-based platform. This allows the framework to be used on a much wider range of devices without any complicated set-up.
Determining the Position of an Interface through Minimal User Input
I’ve recently taken the time to get a paper published on a technique I started development on as part of my final year undergraduate studies several years ago. The technique uses a small number of user inputs on a touch-screen which relate to the known position of landmarks in an environment to determine the position of an interface. The publication details a study investigating how big of an impact user’s accuracy has on the technique.
SynergyNet Across the Divide
Earlier this year I was involved in supporting a study which investigated how technology could support collaboration between primary-school aged students in separate classrooms. As part of this study the SynergyNet software framework was used. This is the first time SynergyNet had been used in a study spanning multiple sites and required a few tweaks to get working.
SynergyNet at Bede’s World
The SynergyNet project may be over but it legacy lives on as the SynergyNet framework is still finding uses. One such use is as the centre of an interactive exhibit at Bede’s World, a museum in the North East of England where the framework is now being used to provide an app used at the centre of an interactive exhibit.
Classroom Control Through the Kinect
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.
TUIO to UTouch
SynergyNet in the Press
We recently hosted a day of demoing SynergyNet being used in our lab at TEL-Durham. Resulting from this a number of articles have appeared online about our work with professional pictures and videos. In addition to this we took the opportunity to make our own videos which are available in this post on the SynergyNet blog.
SynergyNet and Kinect – Classroom Data Collection
As mentioned in the recent post about using the Kinect with TUIO, I’ve been working with the Microsoft device to create a method of classroom orchestration for teachers. With the Kinect now playing nice with our multi-touch framework we’ve let a number of teachers loose trying it out. Some images of the work so far can be seen on the SynergyNet blog.
Kinect and TUIO
We’ve recently been working on utilising the Microsoft Kinect with the SynergyNet project at TEL in Durham. I’m currently working on several publications concerning this work which I will post updates about when they’re finished. In the meantime I thought I would post a small application I wrote when I was getting to grips with the Kinect.