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.
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.
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.
I’ve recently made some corrections to the compiz multi-touch plugin so to test the change I installed the plugin on my netbook. However I can’t get access to any multi-touch podiums or tables. Infact the only multi-touch device I have access to is an iphone. Therefore I’ve decided to use an iphone touch to TUIO app.