Dear NUI community,
Four years after the publication of the TUIO specification, a growing community including many members of the NUI Group, has formed around the protocol and its various implementations such as tracker applications, client libraries and the TUIO client API. In order to coordinate the TUIO community process, I have created a dedicated domain and website “TUIO.org” that intends to provide a common playground primarily for core TUIO developers but also for users of the various tangible multi-touch interaction frameworks that support TUIO. This will also be the place to discuss the present and future of this emerging community standard.
While until today all the TUIO related information was scattered around various PDFs, Wikis, forums, and sometimes outdated web pages,
the new page provides the currently available information about TUIO and all related activities, in a structured way:
* the full protocol specification, with implementation notes
* an extensive list of TUIO enabled trackers, TUIO clients and other tools that support the protocol.
* a TUIO client API definition, that will be established with the next generation of the TUIO client reference implementation for C++, Java and C#
* a member section, that list all developers, individual as well as institutions that have been involved in the TUIO development during the past years
* finally you will also find a (still empty) forum and wiki section, that will be dedicated to TUIO specific topics
If you feel that you are missing anybody or you company on the member list, or if some of those who are there want to be removed, please let me know.
The software list has been growing to a quite impressive size in the recent past, but if you are also missing something there, let me know as well.
At the moment the site is still static, but in the future some dynamic pages, such as a TUIO framework showcase section could be added for example.
Needless to say that the site will be still changing a lot in the near future, and if you happen to find a typo, you can keep it of course ...
The new page is one of the first steps to deattach the TUIO protocol and framework a bit from the reacTIVision project, and while I am finishing my PhD dissertation on that topic I will try to guide the transition process to the new protocol generation, which will be hopefully more versatile for the development of new interactive surface applications. One of the following steps during the next days will be the publication of a TUIO roadmap, which will summarize most of the previous discussions we had within these forums and will define a few simple transition steps towards TUIO 2.0.
Personally I will of course continue to contribute to the NUI forums as far as I can, but I’d like to invite you to use the three new TUIO users, developers and specification forums to discuss all protocol and implementation specific issues with the other developers.