Report from IDC , Interactive Displays Conference San Jose,Silicon Valley, USA
From Tuesday April 21 to Thursday April 24 , 2009 .
State of the Art
A brief summary of the sessions & exhibitions (all mixed together)
Andy Wilson & Steven Bathiche represented the nice and kind side of Microsoft, the Surface vision.
They presented us a future made of intuitive and social devices which blends together the real and the virtual words.
The numerous astonishing and awesome projects they allowed us a glimpse at,
reveal that the Surface is only the visible part of this future.
Jeff Han began his exposé introducing the audience to the numerous projects
he has developed during his computer vision specialist career.
As the Perceptive Pixel founder, he promoted his company’s goals:
turn key hardware, high performance multitouch native software with rich graphics and hi DOF interaction,
and a very user centric R&D strategy that will reveal the true potential of multi-touch.
Finally, as the main multi-touch Evangelist, he adopts a demanding posture: as a conclusion to his conference,
Jeff Han addressed the professional audience, exposing his concerns about the misuse and abuse of
multitouch terminology, he warned his fellow colleagues that the future of multitouch is still uncertain
and invited them to follow the path of excellence.
A key player and leader of the touch industry.
Tyco focused their conference on explaining why “there is no perfect touch technology“.
They illustrated the idea extensively regarding the market and the usability.
They also exposed clearly the economic stakes of the Touch (as the human interface of choice) :
4.4 billions $ in 2008 to 8.8 billions in 2013 !
Stantum owns a very effective multitouch solution: truly multi-point, accurate, fast, no jitter.
Apart from the classical media app, Stantum also showcased the hand-writing recognition software, MyScript.
Developed by Vision Object, this is a very impressive and reliable solution,
(no matter how bad your handwriting is, the software does the job!).
RPO showcased their brand new optical touchscreen technology.
The system is composed of tiny infra-red leds, a polymer screen, 2 wavelights guides.
The light is diffused into the polymer screen.
The screen has 2 rounded edges (out of 4) allowing the light to be evenly distributed .
The wavelight guides are attached around the screen.
When Touch occurs, light refraction is sensed by the sensors attached to the wavelight guides. Not truly multitouch yet, effective dual .
( Drumroll ! … ) For months, this intriguing cheap multitouch solution has been debated, whether it was a fake or The ultimate solution.
So, after testing it, I can tell you …: it s a true multitouch screen (more than 2 fingers).
It works, and they are using huge Full HD displays.
Their demos include 3D manipulation, Google Earth navigation, World of Warcraft and a few games …
But, as “no perfect touch solution exist”, it also suffers occlusion problems that can be quite disappointing.
Gesture Tek is a world renowned company developing all kinds of interactive products.
At their booth: a now classic but very effective interactive floor with an all in a box solution (vp, cpu, tracking) was set-up,
enabling interaction with a lot of commercial content.
They also had a touchless (gesture based) car-driving game, quite difficult to use @ the beginning
but with some practice you should be able to have a nice ride .
Immersion adds haptic responses to mobiles devices, game pad, touch screens.
For those familiar with the Video Games, a vibrating joystick is quite an augmented experience,
but a vibration on a screen is very impressive cause it literally tricks your brain.
Immersion incorporates tiny motors inside the devices, which then vibrate following a designed number of patterns.
Wherever you touch the screen, the device vibrates, immediately your brain says ! “it happened @ my finger location!”,
an amazing illusion since the whole device is vibrating. Brilliant
Multitouch 46 inches solution? Yes, it s true and it works perfectly.
The Finnish team overcame their troubles with customs and succeeded in showcasing their LCD solution (for one single day).
What’s the big deal ? Well, high quality display ( Full HD ) , perfect tracking , and self-calibration .
A nice product, too bad they only showed photo and vids app
( but remember, guys, : developing hardware & software solution is not the same job ! )
On the NUIGroup booth the multi-cam tracking solution was presented, (3 PS3 on a row) ,
on which AlexP and Christian Moore are currently working .
Along with my ToucHoo,
I had the great chance to meet those huge contributors to the NUI Group community,
from Falcon4ever and his most downloaded and showcased software (the Smoke demo and the Media APP) ,
Cerupcat and his Mini MT (the cheapest mt screen in the world) & more important the TBeta tracker ,
Thomas Hansen the launcher of the Python framework (PYMT),
Nuiman , the founder of the community ,
AlexP and his PS3 driver and the LLP promoter;
Jon (TouchFactor) who made possible the InfraRed led stripes, and a dozen more that i should have mentioned !
This final talk concluded the 3 day sessions,( thanks to the organisation for widening our vision field )
MicroScent company is rescuing the sense of smell. May the future of touch be combine with the smell,
it is undoubtedly quite a task on the ubi-sens interaction list.
the same pics on flickr
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