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

Friday, October 26, 2007

Updates!

Hey..
Its been a while since we updated the blog, mainly cause our semester juries are approaching (less than a week to go) and we are really tied up with the last minute preperations!!!

Have been able to build some more cool apps (atleast we think they're cool) :) ... they include a batch photo editing and uploading tool (with all the multitouch coolness factor) that can load pics from your digital camera (DCIM format) and throw them around on the stage as soon as u plug it into the USB port!, then you edit them (basic editing like brightness, contrast, saturation) one or multiple images at a time and simply upload them to a http web address!!!

The second app is just a collection of different web services, reworked and with a new refreshing look and again all the multitouch coolness factor :)...a flickr photo application, youtube video app, and a google maps/yahoo road maps application that lets you do what google earth can, on a multitouch setup.


a screenshot of the web services app.. homepage :), this is how you'll access your favorite web-pages, in the future :D


currently we're working on a gesture engine that will simulate how we can create custom gestures and use them in our apps... next in the pipeline is a remote presentation tool ..

more details on that one and all the other app's video would be up soon.

cheers!!

divesh | adithya

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Games on multitouch ... Yet another application

Hello

After the keyboard, we were trying to figure out what would be an interesting domain to work on under multitouch.
Almost simultaneously, we came up with games and entertainment. Our guide, Mr. Kuntal De', suggested that we work on simple games that we used to play as kids - something like Tangrams aka Chinese puzzles.

So here it is, our first multitouch based game - Tangrams (literally "seven boards of skill"). There are 20 puzzles to be solved - with 7 pieces - each called a tan. The final shape should contain all pieces, without overlapping.

Chek out the video ...



So whats so multitouch about it ? You can use your fingers to drag the pieces, rotate them and fit them neatly into your puzzle. Also the parallelogram needs to be flipped at times so there is a defined gesture for that too.... the image below shows that and you can notice it in the video as well... (i flip it thrice i guess :D)
If you really find it hard to solve them ... just touch the Solve button.



Go back to your childhood :)

Cheers
Divesh | Adithya

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A multitouch keyboard ...

Hi !

Here is a video of our latest app... a multitouch keyboard. Now, access your keyboard with just an icon on your multitouch desktop. Touch it ... and a keyboard pops out.
Dont like the size ? Scale it ...
Dont like the orientation ? Rotate it ...



Otherwise, it just works like any normal keyboard. You still have to "touch" the shift key and hold onto it to type things like $ and :)

Cheers!

Divesh | Adithya

Monday, October 8, 2007

More on myCanvas ...

Hi !

Here is some news ....
RalphDas, a from student Digital Media Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts, the Netherlands, has just added our video of myCanvas to his blog, and expressed his viewpoints ...

Check it out here

Cheers
Adithya | Divesh

Sunday, October 7, 2007

myCanvas. -our next generation paint application

Hello Everyone ...

Here is a video of our paint application - “myCanvas” (as we call it) …
Now you can 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.
Its as convetional as it gets. We have been painting on it for almost an hour now, and its good fun. Does leave you with a wet surface though… but that’s no problem.



There is more coming soon ...

Cheers
Divesh | Adithya

Thursday, October 4, 2007

hiya people !!!! :)

now i can claim that our table is ready to perform at its best. got rid of the choppy output by replacing the USB webcam with a IEEE 1394 sony handycam. now i am getting a feed at almost 30-35 fps.... so the apps run smooth like they should. New video post coming up soon.... can't keep my hands off my baby.... too excited to get on building some of our own apps.

cheers!!!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Finally, the much awaited video... (atleast for us :D)

This is a video of our multi touch setup in action (almost though). Its a bit choppy now but shud get better in some time. This application uses flickr API to download pics from my account and display them on the surface. Hand gestures are used to pan/zoom/rotate and move them around... pretty cool eh?

Cheers!
video