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Large-format multi-touch for the masses!  Designed for your living room, Playsurface democratizes touch computing!
Large-format multi-touch for the masses! Designed for your living room, Playsurface democratizes touch computing!
145 backers pledged $75,554 to help bring this project to life.

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BREAKING NEWS:

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!

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Playsurface

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.

Features

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:

  1. The touch interface must perform the optical touch tracking without taxing the application processor and with minimum system requirements

  2. 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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    Playsurface was made possible by you! Anyone backing at this level or above will have their name immortalized in a comment list in the Blob Board firmware!

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    A letter of thanks, a novel “My Other Computer is a Touch Table” magnet, and our pledge that half of this money will be spent on getting prototype hardware out in an educational environment!

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    Playsurface Plans – You will get early access to all of the mechanical and electronic plans to make the Playsurface on your own! Plus, downloads of software beta releases!

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    Blob Board PCB – The PCB (circuit board) and bill of materials to build your own closed-loop camera, touch processing, and location-output electronics. The Blob Board includes video output for debugging/hacking. Plus all of the above goodies. Shipping not included.

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    Blob Board Kit – The PCB and all electronic components required to solder your own the state-of-the-art closed loop touch processing board. Plus, all of the above (without duplication). Shipping not included.

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    Out of Town Special - Avoid high shipping costs and get all the hard to ship items. This kit includes the Blob Board, First Surface Mirror, IR LEDs, and all mounting and fastner hardware. You will need to source your own wood, and top surface. Shipping not included.

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    Track Table – The entire touch table ready to connect to your computer, but without a projector. Furniture quality with blazingly fast touch tracking for any control application. Plus, all of the above (without duplication). Shipping not included.

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    Peripheral Touch Table – USB touch table that turns your computer into a touch table. Integrated blob board, projector, and surface. Plus, all of the above (without duplication). Shipping not included.

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    Multi-Touch Computer – Fully integrated system with a dedicated Windows computer with internet and DVD. Integrated blob board, projector, and surface. Plus, all of the above (without duplication). Just turn it on and start touching! Shipping not included.

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    Multi-Touch Game Machine – Extreme, high-speed integrated system with a dedicated Windows computer with internet and DVD. Stereo sound and gaming peripherals, integrated blob board, projector, and surface. Plus, all of the above (without duplication). Shipping not included.

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Funding period

- (30 days)