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VotkA: 3D Visualization of the k-means Algorithm using Fiducials, Processing, TUIO and OSCRemote

I am going to present a few projects on my blog in which I collaborated in one or the other way. This post introduces Fabio Campos‘s VotkA (Visualization of the k-means Algorithm) project of the course Visualization in the Master’s studies of Computer Sciences at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. Fabio’s project is a 3D visualization of the k-means algorithm applied to Fisher’s dataset. The user can interact with the visualization via reacTIVision/Fiducials or the OSCRemote application on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

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Figure 1: 3D scatter plot of Fisher’s dataset assorted with the k-means algorithm

In VotkA users can interact with a three-dimensional cluster analysis visualization via a Tangible User Interface (TUI), the iPhone app OSCRemote or both in parallel. The TUI is provided by a small box that is technically based on Seth Sandler’s cheap multi-touch pad (you can see the box in the youtube video at the end of this article). On top of the box fiducials from reacTIVision are being tracked. Whenever a fiducial is being recognized a TUIO message with the fiducial’s id, position and rotation will be sent to VotkA.

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PyMT – A Python Multi-Touch Framework


pymt demo reel from Thomas Hansen on Vimeo.

With PyMT there is a new kid in town for visual multi-touch interaction frameworks, which is based on the scripting language Python and connects to TUIO producers like the Touchlib, reacTIVision or Touchsmart TUIO.

Currently, the most multi-touch applications seem to be implemented in Flash AS3. Flash is relatively easy to learn, offers great possibilities in interactive 2D animation programming and there seem to be of people that at least can make multi-touch things work in Flash by plugging modules together. Python has not so far been common for interaction or animation but for rapid, high-performance and professional “underneath the hood” server development.