Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Project Touchless – Create and Experience Multitouch applications without touching

Touchless enables touch without touching by using a webcam to track color based markers. Touchless includes two parts:

  • Touchless Demo is an open source application that anyone with a webcam can use to experience multi-touch, no geekiness required. There are 4 fun demos: Snake - where you control a snake with a marker, Defender - up to 4 player version of a pong-like game, Map - where you can rotate, zoom, and move a map using 2 markers, and Draw - the marker is used to guess what....  draw!
  • Touchless SDK is an open source SDK that enables developers to create multi-touch based applications using a webcam for input, geekiness recommended. Touchless is an SDK that allows users to create and experience multi-touch applications. Touchless started as Mike Wasserman’s college project at Columbia University. The main idea: to offer users a new and cheap way of experiencing multi-touch capabilities, without the need of expensive hardware or software. All the user needs is a camera, which will track colored markers defined by the user.

This project is an Office Labs community project :Project Touchless

Touchless is released free and open-source to the world under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) on CodePlex. Check more details here.

<a href=";showPlaylist=true" target="_new" title="Touchless">Video: Touchless</a>

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