cross posted from Open Exhibits Blog
Open Exhibits has just passed 4,000 software downloads! If you’re not a programmer, or you haven’t downloaded the code, yet – we thought we’d give you an idea of what you may be missing.
This video demonstrates several of the free multitouch software modules already posted on the Open Exhibits site. These modules are designed to simplify Flash and ActionScript exhibit development, and many are compatible with the Microsoft Kinect (using MT-Kinect). The source code for every module shown in the video can be downloaded today on the Open Exhibits Software page.
We’ll continue to post videos as we release new software. If you have any comments or feedback, we’d love to hear from you.
GestureWorks multitouch software is now available for purchase bundled with Touch Revolution’s TRū™ multitouch desktop monitors. These bundles are available in the new Touch Revolution online store. You can choose between the 15, 19, and 22 inch models.
The TRū™ Touch monitors have a very cool bezel-free design and are extremely durable. The 22″ model has HD resolution. You can learn more about the monitors and the bundle in the Touch Revolution online store.
You can see a video of the 22″ TRū™ Touch Monitor in action with a multitouch version of asteroids that we developed with Touch Revolution for CES that we posted last month.
We’re at CES for the first time this year, promoting GestureWorks and our new partnership with Touch Revolution. While we’ve attended many trade shows and conferences, CES is a spectacle unlike any we’ve seen before, and it seems appropriate that it takes place in Las Vegas.
We’ve noticed 3D and touch are two of the year’s buzzwords, appearing everywhere at CES, so our multitouch 3D molecule viewer fits right in. Built specially for CES, the viewer allows you to manipulate a molecule in 3D space. Shown here on the TRū Touch Monitor, the molecule viewer is the most educationally focused application we’re showing this year. The app offers molecular structure and information for five of the active ingredients in Red Bull, which seemed appropriate for a tech conference.
Robots are also a big hit at this year’s CES, even if they just jitter and giggle. We haven’t gotten into robotics (yet), but you can see the X-ray insides of a toy robot with our X-ray viewer. The app allows you to switch from the visible view of an object to the X-ray view with a simple double tap, and was based on one of our most popular exhibits.
And, if you just want to play a game, there’s always Astrotouch, our multitouch version of Asteroids.
We’ll be updating more as the conference goes on.
As we announced yesterday, we recently partnered with Touch Revolution to create a series of GestureWorks applications for their hardware demos. We’ve been lucky enough the past few weeks to get to play around with the new 21.5″ TRū Touch monitors, which Touch Revolution will be debuting at CES. The TRū Touch monitors are full HD (1920 x 1080), bezel-less, and, like these concept screens, you can tilt them to horizontal angles to make tasks like typing and drawing easier.
We’ve been testing our apps for CES on the TRū Touch, including an amazing gigapixel image viewer that allows you to zoom in close enough to see rock climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite and a 3D object viewer, but so far the hands-down favorite has been Astrotouch, our multitouch version of Asteroids.
The game has a series of old school-style arcade controls at the bottom, and we’ve been nothing but impressed with the screen’s responsiveness and accuracy. Some of the other hardware we had in-house had trouble with ghost points on the controls, but the TRū Touch screen handled it flawlessly every time.
Check out the video above for a sneak peek at the new Touch Revolution hardware, and be sure to visit us at CES. We’ll be at the Touch Revolution Booth, #21755, South Hall Lower Level with a full set of great multitouch applications on display and free gesture illustration posters to give away.
Developers will be able to purchase this cutting-edge, high definition monitor with GestureWorks at CES 2011 in Las Vegas for the show price of $995. This bundle will be available after CES through the Touch Revolution online store.
This is the first time GestureWorks has been bundled with a major hardware manufacturer, and it’s great to be working with a company that has such extensive experience with multitouch hardware. Touch Revolution is part of the TPK Group, which manufactures screens for companies such as Apple, Sony Ericsson, Microsoft, Palm, Research in Motion, and Motorola.
We’ll be in the Touch Revolution booth at CES this week. We’ll be showing a variety of GestureWorks-developed applications, including a gigapixel photographic viewer and a touch-enabled version of Asteroids. The gigapixel photographic viewer will be released on the Open Exhibits website later this month.
Come see us at the Touch Revolution Booth, # 21755 at the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9. Enter to win 1 of 10 Tru Touch Monitors bundled with GestureWorks.
Update: January 5, 2011: You can read about Touch Revolution Tru Touch Monitor Line in Engadget.