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NUI Group announces Multitouch Technologies book release!

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The long awaited Multitouch Technologies book authored by members of NUI Group (http://www.nuigroup.com) has officially found it’s first release! As one of the co-authors of the book, I am proud to see a final initial version come to fruition. The book, which consolidates articles from the NUI Group Wiki, includes sections on how to build Multi-touch devices, multitouch software resources, a glossary of terms and more. I  believe, as the book develops further, this will be the best resource for multitouch information on both the web and in print.

If you’re unfamiliar with NUI Group, I suggest reading the about page http://nuigroup.com/log/about/. NUI Group is currently the single best resource for multitouch technology and hopefully will

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Audiotouch @ UCSD Music Center this Saturday!

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University of California, San Diego has finished their new Music center and will be having their opening this Saturday.

It’s last minute, but for those that are around the San Diego or La Jolla area tomorrow, i’ll be demoing my multitouch table and Audiotouch software between 1pm and 4pm at the opening.

There will be a public open house between Noon–4:00 p.m. “Free and open to the public. Come and explore the excellent architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. With demonstrations and free concerts, including recitals by Cecil Lytle (noon), Janos Negyesy, (2 p.m.), and Aleck Karis, (4 p.m.).”

Location: UCSD Music Center http://music.ucsd.edu/MusicCenter/opening.php

Time: Noon-4:00pm (I’ll be setup at 1:00)

Cost: Free (including parking)

It should be a great openin; if

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AudioTouch – Event 2

Here’s some pictures from the second event where AudioTouch was on display.














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My Finished DIY Multitouch Table

Well, I haven’t been able to post everything leading up to this point yet, but I wanted to get the finished images up. I’ll be writing about the process up to this point soon so that there are no gaps in the “how to” of building my table.

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MultiKey Updates…it works with a mouse too!

No, I haven’t forgotten about the other programs that I first started on. I’m still developing Audioshape Sequencer as well as Musical Squares, but recently I have made some big changes/additions to the MuliKey application. I think all of the changes are great improvements and will allows for much more functionality and experimentation within a simple application like MultiKey.

First, if you’ve seen the first versions, you’ll notice that the look has changed slightly. I’ve gotten rid of the background (for now) to allow for best performance. Also the border of the keyboard has changed a bit so that it is easier to resize the keyboard. Previously the border width made it somewhat hard to select the keyboard for moving,

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New application: Audioshape Sequencer

Audioshape Sequencer is modeled after Tangible Sequencer and originally inspired by Nicolas Clavaud.This application works with a mouse and/or multitouch table (touchlib/tuio simulator or other TUIO program).

There are three main things to know about the program.

  1. There is the shape (square),
  2. signal (transparent orange shape),
  3. and sensor (Blue dot on square. Pink when activated).
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My first videos…

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New Video!

Thanks to Adi, Deej, and Muhneer I now have video footage of my current applications running on a finished multi-touch display. Now I have an idea how the applications look on a finished display and what kind of changes may be needed.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41u-lwkJKrs]

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Musical Squares update!

Well, I’ve made some additions, some changes and came up with an overall complete version of Musical Squares. Complete does not mean finished though, expect massive updates and much more functionality. This version is good enough to be called “Version 1” I would say.

In this version, I changed the 8 original notes to 5 notes (pentatonic scale) with 3 percussive tones. It sounds…well..interesting. I also added the ability to remove squares by dragging them outside the main stage and adding new squares by pressing on the colored squares on either side.

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Musical Squares…get it?

Well, Musical Squares isn’t anything like Musical Chairs, but it’s fun nonetheless. Who wouldn’t like throwing around objects that emit tones (sounds) when they hit each other?

I started working on this second music program as an aim to explore other musical possibilities. Right now there’s not too much functionality, and it’s a basic proof-of-concept as there isn’t much practical application for it yet. It’s based off another existing (single touch) online program called “Pianolina” that I hope to improve and build off of. The most recognized aspect between the original application and this one will be the multi-user, multi-touch aspect.

There is still a lot to be done to make things not so chaotic sounding. Currently, you can

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