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.
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.
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, the multi-touch framework built to support applications intended for classroom use, has had an update. As part of the recent move to the new repository, the code for SynergyNet 3.1 has been made available. While it may not appear that different to SynergyNet 3, the new version offers an improved experience for developers.
TEL’s SynergyNet framework is still finding uses over a year after the project it was developed for finished. The latest use is as the supporting framework for First Steps in Computer Science; an app intended to help teach the new computer science curriculum for Key Stage 1 in the UK.
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.
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.