About this project
The Kickstarter is reaching its end and the Playsurface team is in a partying mood. The result: Beer Battle! Check it out:
Do that on your desktop, laptop, or tablet! Thanks to all of our friends and backers!
We have a new mechanical and electronic design approach to bring large-format touch computing and home touch tables within reach of ordinary developers and consumers. Our development of Playsurface started by assembling the best open-source optical touch table plans available, and we intend to create a hackable, multi-use, blazingly fast touch computing platform for gaming, music, browsing, device control, and other applications. The goal is to enable cutting-edge performance at a price point that makes buying a touch table similar to many consumer home computer purchases.
Playsurface addresses touch table design from both mechanical and electronic design trajectories, and includes:
A new, application-specific closed-loop digital image processing module to provide touch detection and tracking functions apart from the gaming/application computer
An open-hardware cabinet and surface design developed for cost optimization and flat-pack shipping
- A USB interface standard and driver that reduces implementation of the touch table to the same level as plugging in monitor and mouse peripherals
Once the development work is done, we will ship you a complete touch table and all of the open-source driver and demo programs needed to get you going right away. With Playsurface, if you can put together Ikea furniture and plug in a new monitor, you can have an incredible touch table.
Where We Are
Templeman Automation (TA) is a contract engineering company with prior sales of inexpensive touch tables in the educational and research sector. This has involved significant work on hardware and software.
However, to make a really great multi-purpose touch computer two critical pieces are still missing and need Kickstarter support:
The touch interface must perform the optical touch tracking without taxing the application processor and with minimum system requirements
A specialized hardware design is required to match the new electronics architecture and meet all materials, shipping, and home-assembly requirements
TA has a design to address these issues and wants to make the resulting touch table available to the world as an open-source hardware and software project!
Why We Need Funding
Touch computing has innumerable commercial opportunities. We meet people every day with skills and ideas that should be applied to touch tables. We are using Kickstarter to generate the start-up funding necessary to create a finished platform to drive application creation. Our Playsurface Kickstarter rewards have low overhead to maintain our low-cost vision, and we hope to sell units commercially after the Kickstarter.
But we need both initial orders and funding for tooling costs to create the next generation of touch tables!
Thanks for any and all help Kickstarters!
Here is a new movie to show some of the things you can do with Playsurface right out of the box with Windows 7:
Here is another short movie about playing games on Playsurface:
Here is another one by popular request showing Playsurface with a few of the Microsoft Touch Pack applications - designed by Microsoft to show off the multitouch capabilities of Windows 7:
In response to questions about fiducial tracking with the Playsurface, here is a new video showing two applications we have made:
Here is another movie showing Playsurface running MapTool to spice up board and roll playing gaming!
Here is another one showing music editing with a virtual mixer and digital recording system:
We have had such a great response from the RPG crowd, we thought we would show a few more tools that work great with Playsurface. Check it out:
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