A couple of years ago, QWOP creator Bennett Foddy made a multiplayer variant of speed chess in which everyone could move their pieces at the same time. It makes for hilarious and hectic games, especially if there are many players.
Last year we checked out the PiTouch, a third-party 10″ touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi. But that takes up the Pi’s HDMI port and more importantly isn’t for sale as of this writing. Thankfully the Rasberry Pi Foundation has released its own 7″ touchscreen display for the Pi.
The display has a meager 800×480 resolution but is capable of detecting up to 10 points of touch.
Last June we checked out Touchjet’s Pond, an Android projector that turned walls into touchscreens. It’s a good device for its price, but it wasn’t without sacrifices, particularly the quality of its display. Touchjet’s new Wave eliminates that problem, because it’s counting on your display.
The Wave is an Android device on a stick, except instead of hiding it at the back of your HDTV or monitor you perch it on top of your display.
Earlier this year we checked out the Nabi Big Tabs, which are high end kid-friendly Android monitors that can have up to a 65″ 4K display. If you’re looking for a more affordable, portable or versatile alternative, Touchjet’s Pond pico projector seems like a good bet.
The Pond was funded by Indiegogo backers last year (it was called the TouchPico at the time).
Whiteboards and blackboards are great for group discussions. But they also take attention away from the speaker, especially for participants who insist on writing down everything that’s on the board. That’s where the WriteBoard concept comes in.
A lot of tabletop gamers have been dreaming of playing on a large interactive display. The product once known as Microsoft Surface – now called PixelSense – seemed destined for this, but it has since been relegated to a novelty item.
The touch-friendly interface of Windows 8 led to the rise of portable computers with touchscreens. Those that run Windows 8 often have decent specs, enough to run modern PC games. The problem is that almost none of these games are optimized for touchscreens.
Yesterday Valve released a video showing a prototype of the Steam Controller – which is designed to be used with the company’s upcoming Steam Machines – being used to play a handful of games. The demo focused on the controller’s “legacy mode”, in which the controller emulates a mouse and a keyboard, letting you map keys and cursor movement to the controller’s buttons, triggers and trackpads.
The geniuses at Disney Research are obsessed with touch-based input. One of their latest breakthroughs is an algorithm that can “simulate rich 3D geometric features (such as bumps, ridges, edges, protrusions, texture etc.) on touch screen surfaces.”
Earlier this week Valve teased the free, gaming-oriented and Linux-based SteamOS and the PC-console hybrid Steam Machine. It soon completed the establishment of the fundamentals of its living room invasion by unveiling the Steam Controller. As with the Steam Machine, the controller is Valve’s attempt at bringing the best of PC and console gaming together.
About three years ago, I talked about Table Connect, a 58″ touchscreen display that mirrors the screen of an iPhone. Or not. It turns out that the display we saw in the video wasn’t even a prototype; the “demo video” we saw was made using special effects.
If you had your eye on Ubi Interactive’s multitouch software, you’ll be glad to now that it’s now on sale. For those unfamiliar with the product, sit back and relax. I’ll take you to a world where any surface can become a touchscreen.
There are lots of drum kit apps for mobile devices, but they’re not that easy to use. Many of them look and are arranged like real drum kits instead of being optimized for touchscreen use. Also if you’re a drummer you’re more used to using drum sticks instead of your fingers.
The desktop computer market is pretty much stagnant as more and more consumers move to notebooks, tablets, and smartphones as their primary devices. One of the bright spots in the desktop computer market continues to be the all-in-one computer or AIO.