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Posted: 07 November 2008 09:08 PM   [ Ignore ]
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This community has a wide range of people, developers, artists, electrical engineers, and people completely new to anything relevant to Multi-Touch.  One thing all these people have in common is good ideas, be it for new apps, interface paradigms, and about anything else you can name.  Unfortunately, not all of these people with great ideas can program.  I thought it would be great if we had a place where people that can’t program(and even those that can) would be able to sound off their ideas, and maybe have their voice heard by other developers.  This way we could have a lot more community written apps, and hopefully encourage more people to learn how to program.

So, here is how it works.  Reply to this thread with your idea, and any mock ups or drawing that better clarify it.  These are not required, but they are really helpful.  I will move a brief summary up to the main post, and link to the original so you can easily browse through them.  All ideas are welcome!

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Posted: 07 November 2008 09:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Idea: Google SketchUp MT Plugin
Gestures for rotate, pan, zoom, tilt, push/pull, ‘follow me’

Not sure if you can develop plugins for SketchUp, but if you can...this would be very useful. Mousedriver might even already support some of these commands, as the rotate, pan, zoom, and tilt can be accomplished by various combinations of mouse buttons. Push/pull would be interesting - different numbers of fingers could be used for different gestures.

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Posted: 07 November 2008 09:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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We have a mouse driver so how about some sort of usable keyboard that can work outside of flash.

One that can be resized with font and icon size resizeable unlike OSK.exe which was too small and now permanently take up 1/2 my screen if it runs.
A click to indicate a button press and/or visually change to the icon so its easier to see you have done something.

Yes I know there is the tactile feedback problem but my sister has a laptop where the buttoms are not clicky at all and its livabable with. and yes I know its be asked for before. If Imisssed the post where its listed then sorry.

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Posted: 06 December 2008 01:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Idea: Video Puppetry

Check out this video first :
http://www.adobe.com/technology/graphics/video_puppetry_a_performative_interface_for_cutout_animation.html

I can imagine this would be great for a multi-touch surface with fiducial support!

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Posted: 04 February 2009 02:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Wow, that video is really cool! It’s amazing how technology has advanced nowadays. That was pretty cool!

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Posted: 12 April 2009 07:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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a Mind Mapper would be great to have on MT http://www.freemind.org

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Posted: 16 April 2009 08:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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hey,

what about a multi-touch internet browser? Or even just a plugin to enable mt for firefox would be good rasberry

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Posted: 12 May 2009 07:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’m starting to think that in the long term, there’s going to be a lot of performance gains to be made by thinking from the inside out.

Long term, Linux and other Free Unixes will benefit from either a complete overhaul of X11, or at the very least, a window manager for X that is optimized for MT use.  A unified driver model (dare I say, /dev/multitouch? or even /dev/emtee?) would help things as well.  The WM would either pass the blob data directly to the app as is, or filtered for gestures, etc…

On Linux, or any free Unix for that matter, Multitouch could really flourish.  I honestly don’t see as much potential for windows development, merely because Microsoft will pretty much “embrace and extend” as they historically do with any worthwhile technology, which could potentially turn into a developmental dead end (I will say that surface looks nice, but I doubt that whatever programming tools they provide, they won’t be nearly as polished as anything the open source community is capable of producing).

The optimist in me wants to believe that this could be the killer app, the one that gets Linux into the mainstream.  The realist in me realizes that is pipe dream.

My thinking is that a lot of the heavy-duty image processing should be relegated to hardware - ie, a very-small-form-factor PC or embedded system reading from it’s own camera, and providing blobs to the OS of another computer (kind of how the wii remote sort of works with the wii when it comes to the IR tracking - except more than 4 blobs rasberry).  Seeing as TUIO can be sent over a network, this should be a no-brainer, right?  This is my current plan - using a linux box made with older and inexpensive hardware to read the camera and run the tracking software, and serve the blobs to a sweet, sweet gaming rig attached to a projector.  I’m hoping that this will improve performance overall (both in the tracking, and the performance of MT apps).

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Posted: 04 June 2009 11:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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What about an application for MT that would allow drag and drop programming? Possibly make little rotatable “spheres” with all of the statement types, event types, tags and functions?  I hope I’m being clear on what I mean.
An example would be I could touch the “int x” declaration statement and drag it to the compiler.  You could even take it to the next level simply by having a series of spheres that have all of the necessary opening statements.  This is already done in like VSE 2008, and DEV C++. It would function like a normal compiler/debugger, but with the added bonus of just touching the statements. Sure you would still need the the MT key board for variables, but you would reduce some of the typing and at the same time make it more interactive.
Corrections and feed back on this post would be great.
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Posted: 09 September 2009 02:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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xsvdo - 06 December 2008 01:53 PM

Idea: Video Puppetry

Check out this video first :
http://www.adobe.com/technology/graphics/video_puppetry_a_performative_interface_for_cutout_animation.html

I can imagine this would be great for a multi-touch surface with fiducial support!

Hello I wondered the Technology developed so Hing in the filed of Puppetry.

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Posted: 12 January 2010 03:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’m bringing back this thread.

I was thinking today about a football game for our MT tables. Imagine a MT touch Subbuteo football game.
Players will be controled by touches and the harder you kick your player the faster he can run. I think this can be achieved easily like the bubbles on MS Surface application.

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Posted: 07 March 2010 07:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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a File manager? is there anything like?

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Posted: 07 March 2010 08:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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yeah, that would be great but what about a fully blown shell where nui members pull there weight to develop certain aspects then once developed release as an open source OS/ SHELL
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Posted: 13 August 2010 07:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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How about a “palm print” login?

Computers can use thumbprint scanning to log into the desktop from the screensaver/login screen.... so why not a object recognition of a handprint? measure the finger lengths and print sizes and log that person in?

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Posted: 11 April 2011 03:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Yeah that sounds like a good idea… but I am just not sure how it work cause if it’s just scanning the length of your fingure… then any old joe sitting in his living room chair could access this as finger length unlike fingur prints are not uniquely identical....

anyways here are some software ideas I found interesting… maybe worth a thought http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnN_HjZK1_8

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Posted: 22 April 2015 03:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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CoreyZ - 13 August 2010 07:20 PM

How about a “palm print” login?

Computers can use thumbprint scanning to log into the desktop from the screensaver/login screen.... so why not a object recognition of a handprint? measure the finger lengths and print sizes and log that person in?

sounds interesting!

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