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 PostPost subject: Microsoft touts Touchless SDK        Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:59 am 
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Source: http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/10/ ... SDK_1.html

Microsoft Office Labs released Tuesday its Touchless SDK for developers to experiment with multi-touch technology.

With the SDK, developers can build multi-touch applications that use a color marker and webcam for input. Utilizing the webcam, applications can track the location and size of the color marker to enable multi-touch functionality without touching a surface, according to Microsoft.

The SDK can be used to build games or applications that could, for example, browse through media, said project developer Mike Wasserman. A demonstration of the technology can be viewed here.

"I could see this as a great way to say, browse media like pictures, music, and video on your computer," Wasserman said. A user could, for example, could use hands to manipulate an image on a screen and give it annotations.

With the SDK, which is available on Microsoft's CodePlex site, developers can view, use, and contribute to the prototype code. The SDK leverages Microsoft's DirectShow API for media streaming.

"Once you have a webcam installed, you can use our SDK to create these applications," Wasserman said.


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Besides imagining Steve Balmer shouting " YOU CAN'T TOUCH THIS!"

The novelty of the idea is somewhat lost because of this guy:
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/

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Ayy, Steve Ballmer...
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there's already been such an application called "Webcam signature". Maybe not with that features but the idea already existed.

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You expect most things that come out of Microsoft to be completely original ideas?

Some developer threw together some applications with the SDK and put a video of them up, it's kinda interesting.

<embed src="http://images.soapbox.msn.com/flash/soapbox1_1.swf" quality="high" width="432" height="364" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="c=v&flvfc=10001&v=a89a217b-fc38-4a6c-87f8-ab59a2028391"></embed>


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I doubt you can find anything easily today that is truly 100% original. All companies get ideas from other companies products. Apple copy MS, MS copy Apple, x copy y..... it's not about who copies what, it's about who can make the best copy :P.

And regarding the name.... "Touchless"... isn't that a bit of oxymoron considering that it's MULTI-touch? Just a thought.... :P Unless that name is really for some kind of mind-controlling device...

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