Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Our Multi-Touch Projects : A compilation

Hi !

This is a compilation post of our multi-touch related work , since we started off in last october.

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Natural User Interface Europe AB , Sweden

We worked with NUI (Natural User Interface Europe AB) which is headquartered in SkellefteƄ - Sweden, and is a globally leading commercial company providing customized multi-touch software, hardware and service solutions to clients worldwide.



We worked on researching and building a 100" multi-touch table for CityScape Abu Dhabi 2008.

Here is the official press release

And here is the video of the table in action...



For other pictures during our three month trip to sweden, click here (flickr)


MTOS - Multitouch Operating system


In a 6 week classroom project, we designed , developed and built a full working prototype of a multi-touch table top system, with a range of software . The underlying was to make an entire operating system based on multi-touch interactions .

A multi-touch system is ; a user interface that allows people to interact with digital content the same way they have interacted with everyday items their entire life: with their hands and with gestures.

The following is a video that showcases all the software that we built on this 32"x24" interactive table.


The first one is our own custom presentation software

This application allows a presenter to arrange his/her slides on the multitouch table, and obviously ... scale them and rotate them. And then, there is the show button , which on touching presents the slide on a projector connected to the table. ( or for that matter any display device connected to the table ).

This is how it works

The inset in the video shows the slide being presented through a projector.

This means that, one can present his/her slides in a completely non-linear manner which is a requirement so often. And what better than referring to your slides by just touching them .

Whats more, this software is running over a network based on a http web server. So what this means is that, you can be sitting in your office with your own multitouch table ... presenting to your clients who are in some other location.


myCanvas
A multi-touch painting application, that lets you paint using an actual paintbrush, dip it in water, select the colour you want ... and just colour up your canvas, like you always did as a kid. When the water goes dry ... dip it in water again and carry on.
We've added a color mixer and a sketchbook feature too.

tangrams
the chinese puzzle game you played as a kid ; now on a multi-touch table

web applications
Access your flickr and youtube accounts right from the table.
Scale, rotate and resize ... not only your photos, your favourite videos too.
Whats more, you can access google maps and yahoo roads also. Pan, zoom and rotate ... using your fingers.


5. The music mixer
The music mixer is just a basic demo of how collabrative music tools can work.

6. The camera
Its simple, click photos from your camera ... plug your camera into the table . All the pictures automatically load on the table. Now, obviously you can scale and rotate them . But wait, you can edit them too ... brightness, contrast and saturation ... all simultaneously !
Touch the upload button, and all these edited photos go right into your website!



Pallavi, A friend from NID designed a logo for our multi-touch table.
Visit her blog to see some of her other cool designs.

We also showcased MTOS in the NID convocation December 2007 .

Friday, December 28, 2007

NID Convocation Showcase

Hey people ...its been a while since i updated anything... well its christmas time so we took the liberty to be lazy for a while...

putting up the panel / leaflet (jpges) we used to showcase our work at the NID convocation . dec 2007

leaflet



panel



cheers :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

the BLACK BEAUTY... :)

hey folks.. finally went bak to the workshop and managed to complete the table (the side panels, logo n stuff was left).... so here's how it looks now :) the logo in front is still done in photoshop...have sent one for printing and will be putting it up today evenin... :) will update the pic with the real thing when its done :)




cheers

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Whats in a name ...

Well, everything !!

We realized that although we had named our project, we hadn't bothered giving it an identity yet. A friend from NID designed a logo for our multit-touch table. So here it is ...
Visit her blog to see some of her other cool designs :)
Thank you Pallavi.


Ps : MT OS stands for Multi-touch operating system.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

paparazzi !!!!! :)

hey people.... its been some time since we posted anything... our project got featured in the Indian Express Daily on the 8th of Nov 2007.... so posting a scan of the paper article...




time to get famous !!!! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The full compilation video ...

Hello !

This is a compilation video of most of the applications we've come up with , which by the way we presented in our semester juries. Our final concept was, to put in a lot of applications and present a concept for a future Multitouch based OS.
I'll try and explain all the apps very briefly here ...

1. The first one is our own custom presentation software

This application allows a presenter to arrange his/her slides on the multitouch table, and obviously ... scale them and rotate them. And then, there is the show button , which on touching presents the slide on a projector connected to the table. ( or for that matter any display device connected to the table ).

This is how it works

The inset in the video shows the slide being presented through a projector.

This means that, one can present his/her slides in a completely non-linear manner which is a requirement so often. And what better than referring to your slides by just touching them .

Whats more, this software is running over a network based on a http web server. So what this means is that, you can be sitting in your office with your own multitouch table ... presenting to your clients who are in some other location.
Pretty neat eh ? Therz more to come .

2. myCanvas
We've added a color mixer and a sketchbook feature to our good ol' paint application.

3. tangrams ...is the same

4. web applications

Now you can access your flickr and youtube accounts right from the table.
Scale, rotate and resize ... not only your photos, your favourite videos too.
Whats more, you can access google maps and yahoo roads also. Pan, zoom and rotate ... using your fingers.


5. The music mixer
The music mixer is just a basic demo of how collabrative music tools can work.

6. The camera
Its simple, click photos from your camera ... plug your camera into the table . All the pictures automatically load on the table. Now, obviously you can scale and rotate them . But wait, you can edit them too ... brightness, contrast and saturation ... all simultaneously !
Touch the upload button, and all these edited photos go right into your website!
Easy , isnt it ?


ok, enough explaination ...here's the video

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Director visits ...

The Director of National Institute of Design, Dr.Darlie O Koshy, visited us today - to have a look at our project. He was impressed (to say the least :-) ) and took keen interest in going through the details of the table.

Dr Koshy, plays "myTangrams", our first game for multitouch

He spoke words of appreciation on the variety of applications that we have developed and the future possibilities of this project . Good day so far :)

Cheers
Adithya | Divesh