On june I presented a session on the new developer stuff for Windows 7. The coolest part was the Multitouch API and a home-made surface-like device. Here there is the full-res video in Silverlight (maximize for full-res). The audio is only in Italian language, sorry about that.
The real cool, original device is Microsoft Surface, a Windows Vista based device that let the user play with applications using "gestures", in other words touching and moving objects on the screen. Microsoft Surface costa bout 10K$ and you can find it in some hotels for concierge applications. I could play with it at the Sheraton hotel in Seattle with Live Maps and other applications. I was said there are 9 infrared videocameras and other stuff, so I believe the price is justified.
Microsoft build platforms, not products and this happened to Surface too. After the first release the SDK is going to be normalized to Windows 7 APIs and WPF extensions. HP already sells a new multitouch based PC for 1K$. This means that in the very near future every developer should think about application ergonomics using multitouch features.
Ok, let's come to the geeky part. If you want to make some tests before investing any money, build it yourself! The idea is not new at all. There are many articles and videos on the internet about this and this is what I did by myself. The hardest work is already done:
In order to build the hardware (yes, hardware is fascinating, at least for me :) ), this is how I did it:
Finally a built a sample application using Visual Studio 2010 beta 1. There are still some limitation in WPF multitouch that I hope will be solved for the final release.
Two more videos to show how it all works (again, the audio is in Italian language).
That's all but ... I have more ideas for an improved version of SurfRaf. Yes I am already working on it but it takes time ... stay tuned.
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