"Multitouch technology has been a closely-guarded novelty, but they’re evolving into something else: a real, usable platform that focuses on content and not just gimmicks. In the process, a hard-working community is building richer, standards-based, cross-platform, free and open source tools. The result: faster iteration, broader access of artists to the technology, and soon, hopefully, better and better work." - Creative Digital Motion - June 2010

SenseBloom is proud to showcase their latest project, an HCI open platform called 'SenseWall'. SenseWall is a multitouch installation located at the Computer Science and Design department at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. This installation is an open platform so if anyone is interested in doing research on it or collaborating please let us know.

This project is a excellent demonstration of the community's efforts combining CCV, PyMT and the CL-Eye Driver to achieve a large scale wall installation. All paired with open blueprints and discussion, hoping to help everyone in the community. Thanks to all the members that helped make this possible.

In terms of hardware, the display has an area of 2.8m x 1.05m and it consists of 2 XGA ultra short-throw projectors amounting to a total resolution of 2048x768. For the multitouch sensing, this is an LLP setup using 8 infrared lasers, 2 PS3 Eye cameras and a custom compiled version of the excellent CCV tracker, giving us a touch resolution of 1280x480.

Although it is a multitouch enabled surface it also has a camera at the top for computer vision applications, a microphone for sound input, speakers for sound output and an RFID reader (Touchatag) so hopefully these college students will exploit that, being in class courses or just for fun.

A website and an "application launcher" will be available soon so that anyone can upload their apps to the SenseWall, and, this will be also opensourced.

The main purpose with this installation is to let pupils learn new HCI concepts and highlight their creativity by giving them the tool to do so. And, like we said, we're also inviting anyone, and not just the college community, to submit any TUIO based app, or any other app that uses microphone/vision/RFID and we'll gladly send the creator a video of it.

We do feel that it is also a great opportunity to showcase any artist/designer/coder out there.

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