Tangible Interface Hackday: Music with Soda Bottles, Floor Toms, More

Fritzcrate Project / lusidLearn Early Demo from Michael Schieben on Vimeo. Knobs and faders can be rigid. Fancy multitouch devices can be expensive. But for the cost of a webcam and some spare materials, you can build computer interfaces with objects around the house, thanks to the power of open source software. In just one day, a group of artists in the CDM community, from Austria and Germany to New York to Australia, got quite a lot working with tangible interfaces. At top, Michael Schieben and Christophe Stoll experimented with using soda bottles to control software like Future Audio Workshop’s …

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Free Tangible Tracking: reacTIVision 1.4 Here, TUIO2 Coming Soon

reacTIVision is able to work thanks to these alien-looking markers called “fluidicials.” Karsten Schmidt aka toxi has developed software for creating more of these markers, and it generates characters like this “teddy bear” seen here. Computer vision for tracking movement is cool. But add the ability to track actual objects, and you can extend the possibilities for interfaces. We’ll be playing around with this on our upcoming tangible hackday. A lot of the reason these experiments can proliferate is the availability of free frameworks that make the technology accessible to artists and designers. The tricky tracking work is done, leaving …

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Global Hackdays: Experimenting with Cheap Tangible Interfaces, June 6

Trackmate :: 5 ways to get started from adam kumpf on Vimeo. Trackmate is the inspiration for this project, partly because – building on the previous success of ReacTIVision – they’ve done a good job helping make it clear how people can get started, even if they’re new to this. The mouse is not all that interesting as an invention. When people first saw mice, in fact, they typically weren’t terribly impressed, and often simply went back to their preferred non-keyboard input, the joystick. But destroy the novelty of the mouse, give it to half the population of the world …

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