Multi-Touch Success Stories Tangible Interfaces

umami: Multi-Touch and Tangible User Interfaces for Future Kitchens

I am going to present a few projects on my blog which I like. This post introduces the Umami project of Florian Cannon, Robert Fläck, Florian Gondolf, Mischa Korn, Daniel Pehnec, Sarah Martens, Tara Staton from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. umami proposes the the integration of multi-touch surfaces in kitchens of the future for the support of cooking.

Announcement Hochschule RheinMain Multi-Touch Tangible Interfaces Vispol

A Few Impressions From Vispol on the Round Table at the Fair “Moderner Staat”


As already mentioned in this post, we presented Vispol at the booth of the state of Hessen/Germany at the fair “Moderner Staat” in Berlin on 24. and 25. November 2009. Vispol has been shown on the round multi-touch and TUI table from Sensory Minds.

Here are a few photos from the fair. Please apologize the poor quality of the photos as my camera did not see the sense in making proper use of its auto-focus functionality.

Announcement Multi-Touch Tangible Interfaces Vispol

Vispol at the “Moderner Staat” Fair in Berlin from 24. – 25. November 2009


My software Vispol will be shown at the booth of the state of Hessen/Germany at the fair “Moderner Staat” in Berlin on 24. and 25. November 2009.

It will be shown on the new really cool round [!] multi-touch and TUI table from sensory minds.

I will be there on both days.

microsoft surface Multi-Touch Tangible Interfaces

Microsoft Surface TUIO Overlay SurfaceToTuio


In terms of the NUI research project Squidy at the Konstanz University the TUIO overlay SurfaceToTuio has been developed for Microsoft Surface. Download the SurfaceToTuio component from the sourceforge project site (or via direct download).

SurfaceToTuio is available as source code only (there is no executable). However, you can just upload the SurfaceToTuio folder to your Surface, doubleclick the Visual Studio project and compile it in the Surface’s Visual Studio right away.

Finally, a decent software interface for a decent hardware.

Update: The project of the Konstanz University has a bug, which has been resolved by Julian. Check out the stuff in his repository.

Update 2: Now, another TUIO overlay is available for the Surface (2).

Featured Hochschule RheinMain InfoVis Processing Tangible Interfaces

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.

3D Visualization of the k-meansAlgorithmUsingFiducialsAnd Processing2_450
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.

Actionscript Adobe Air Featured Multi-Touch Success Stories Tangible Interfaces Visualization


I am going to present a few projects on my blog in which I collaborated in one or the other way. The project UNFOCUS – FOCUS is a multi-touch and TUI project that makes use of our fiducialtuioas3 classes.

UNFOCUS - FOCUS interface

What is UNFOCUS – FOCUS about?
How can we know what we do not see?

Hochschule RheinMain Multi-Touch Tangible Interfaces

Building process of the DIY Multi-Touch and Tangible User Interface Table The Virttable

Virttable Raw
Watch photo set on Flickr.

Hochschule RheinMain Multi-Touch Portfolio Projection Tabletop Systems tracking

The Multi-Touch Table Virttable [Update]

The second multi-touch table, that I have built is called The Virttable, which stands for Versatile Illumination Research Touch Table.

CAD Drawing of the Virttable

This table is the property of the department for Design, Computer Science and Media (DCSM) of the Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences, which provided me with the money for the components of the Virttable. (Actually, we had student fees for a short time in Hessen/Germany. From a part of these student fees the Virttable has been built. Thank you, dear students!!! There’s no cent of public money in the Virttable.) Amongst others those parts include:

The computer that I have used in the Virttable is my Mac Mini.