ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2009

This years Tabletop 2010 conference took place in Banff, Canada.

Unfortunately I could not attend the conference on interactive tabletop and surfaces, so I missed the great keynotes from: Ken Perlin, Chia Shen and Bill Buxton.
Fortunately a few fellow researchers and friends blogged about the event.

PyMT

PyMT is a python module designed for developing multi-touch enabled applications. The current aim is to provide an environment which allows developers to do quick and easy interaction design, and rapid prototype development.

The projects was initially started by Thomas Hansen but now also contains contributes from: Juan Pablo Hourcade, Sharath Patali, Matiue Virbel, Thiago Serra. Their submitted paper is available in the proceedings from this years conference.

For those who are interested, a nice set of videos demonstrating the toolkits capabilities can be found on Vimeo.

Since it’s open source, everyone can download and contribute to the project. The website can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/pymt/. A nice example of an application created with PyMT by Sharath Patali can be found here: NUIPaint.

TUIO

As one of the designers of the TUIO protocol and the ReacTable, Martin Kaltenbrunner presented his work “reacTIVision and TUIO: A Tangible Tabletop Toolkit” at the conference. For those who are interested, Martin created a nice summary of the conference on his personal blog which can be found here: http://modin.yuri.at/blog/?p=117

More interesting links…

More information about the conference can be found in the topic at the NUI Group forums started by Johannes Schöning (contains some videos and docs), the official youtube channel and on Twitter.

ITS 2010?

Hope to see you next year in Saarbrücken, Germany!

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