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Madgets: Actuating Widgets on Interactive Tabletops

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

There are some crazy ideas here. I really like the fiber optic pass through for object detection. I still think RFID would be a better solution since you have to uniquely identify each element and teach your program to know that object. Although the gradient tags give you orientation.

Madgets are transparent tangible controls for multi-touch tables. Our system combines electromagnetic actuation with fiber optical tracking.

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David Kelley Demos the Touch Tag

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.


WPF Sonar application using Arduino and PING))) sensor

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I’ve been playing around with the Arduino more and more lately and really wanted to find a way to make it work with my other world of C# and WPF.   The idea was to make an application that changes the screen based on how far away the user is.  The only way that I could easily think about doing it was to use an Arduino as a serial device to help communicate with the sonar sensor. 


Goldfish Music Box for iPhone

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

This application converts color into music. It can turn your goldfish or any moving objects into an interactive music box.

iPhone App: Goldfish Music Box from Francis Lam on Vimeo.


Monday, December 28th, 2009

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

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Dynamic Ground

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Exploring Electronics at the MIT Media Lab

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I really like the idea of the wall painted as a circuit. I’d also like to see more done with the Arduino LilyPad with sensors on clothing. Could be an interesting way to build monitoring clothes for scientific research cheaply.

The Sony and Atracsys surface like interface

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Here’s a video about the Sony & Atracsys surface like table that was seen at the Vision 2009 conference

From what I’ve seen most of the functionality of the is very similar to the Microsoft Surface table only bigger.

The Microsoft Surface Vision System

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Dynamically Changeable Physical Buttons

Saturday, August 8th, 2009