Multi-Touch R+D

Being one of the first in line for the iPhone and having been amazed (like the rest of the TED crowd) by Jeff Han’s multi-touch demo (video below), we figured it was a good idea to start thinking about designing multi-touch interfaces.

The only problem was we didn’t have a multi-touch table so we decided to build our own. After all, how hard could it be? It turned out to be a bit harder than we thought when we found ourselves soldering on LEDs and pouring quick-dry silcone onto our screen. Our multi-touch table is based on FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) just like Jeff Han’s and we’re happy to say we got it to work. Now we just need to design something for it.

Our quick and dirty prototype for our multi-touch table.

Soldering on LEDs in our conference room.

Here’s how the LEDs looked when they were all in the track.

Putting the multi-touch table together in our studio.

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