Touch Pack officially released

Hi,
(did you noticed I start all my post by “hi” ?)

Anyway, here is a quite good news for all of us : Microsoft has released offcially its Touch Pack for Windows 7, this means two things :
– now you can fully play with it, install it, reinstall it, put videos of it on the internet and so on.
– you don’t need to ask me for any tips on how to find it !!!

Here is the official link for it on Microsoft website :

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...

and here is a copy of the installer “someone” hosts (shhhh don’t tell anyone…) if you don’t want to install this annoying Genuine Verification Tool from M$ website :

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=K487LV...

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS :
Be sure to remove all previous version of the TouchPack, of Virtual Earth 3D and of the XNA 3.0 framework (all can be done from the control panel on Windows 7).

Enjoy !!!

French Release of NUI MT BOOK (Part 1)

Hi,
Some may have noticed that I’m getting closer to my final exam (nothing to do with Multitouch Technologies unfortunatly) because I havn’t been very active lately.
I try my best to keep my updated on all possible breakthrough in MT Tech, and I have some cool stuff planned for later this year…

Anyway, here is something that will please my French readers (who represent a third of my visitors, same for the US, and then the rest of the world…).
Here is the first part of the NUI MT TECH BOOK translated in French.
This part includes all you need to know about hardware in an MT setup.

As always, here are both links on my blog and on megaupload :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/share/nui_mt_t...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NHPV7B...

I hope this will help you starting or improving your setup…
I’m always here to help on the NUI Forum and always available through the contact form of my blog…

Enjoy!

NEW CCV 1.3 MOD {RELEASE UPDATED}

PLEASE SEND SOME FEEDBACKS OR COMMENT, I NEED TO KNOW IF IT WORKS

Hi,

PLEASE READ NOTES AT THE END IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR PREVIOUS CCV SETTINGS.

Here is a new CCV mod I made which enable broadcasting TUIO over two ports.
I made this mod because as I told you a little bit earlier, there is a project of a CCV with fidcucial (tags) tracking. As most multitouch apps use TUIO as direct input and not WM_TOUCH events, I needed a way to be able to use TUIO based apps at the same time as the Windows 7 driver.
I know that the driver and the apps are for the moment using the same default port which is 3333, but I’m in the process of modifying the driver input port so that we can use it at the same time as TUIO based apps.

In this version, you can choose the two broadcasting ports in the config.xml. They are currently set to 3333 and 3334. CCV will only show the customed port number when boradcasting so don’t worry if you see port 3334, the default port 3333 is active too if you don’t change anything…

Here are the download links :
Hosted on my blog :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/share/ccv13mul...

and a Megaupload link :

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NPUO03...

I’ll post about a mod driver as soon as I’m done changing the default port.

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR PREVIOUS CCV SETTINGS.
In order to keep your CCV settings, go in the data folder of your CCV, save the config.xml, the camera.xml and the calibration.xml files.
Replace your CCV installation with my files, then replace the three files with your own.
Then open the file config.xml, and in the NETWORK section, paste on this instead of the previous lines :

<NETWORK>
<LOCALHOST>127.0.0.1</LOCALHOST>
<TUIO>0</TUIO>
<TUIODEFAULTPORT_OUT>3333</TUIODEFAULTPORT_OUT>
<TUIOPORT_OUT>3334</TUIOPORT_OUT>
<TUIOFLASHPORT_OUT>3000</TUIOFLASHPORT_OUT>

Enjoy !!!

CCV projects…

Hi,
I just wanted to make a quick post about some on going projects of the NUI Group team regarding further development of the Community Core Vision tracker…
Just to let you know that there is a version of CCV thant enable Hand Tracking as well as finger tracking… and there is also a project of a CCV tracker with finger and fiducials tracking…
I just wanted to make a little bit of teasing and I’ll share of course a compiled version as soon as I figure out how to play nicely with this awsome new tool.

UPDATE : I’ve uploaded the latest source code of CCV 1.3b (build 204), if anyone need the link, please leave a comment or contact me with the contact form…

UPDATE : PLEASE DO NOT POST DIRECT LINKS TO ANY SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON THIS BLOG !!!
Have a nice day !!!

Band Pass filter

Hi,
I’ve finished my test of my new band pass filter. I’ve purchased it on Peau’s site, a 850nm band pass filter. Here are my impressions after 2 days of tests…

First of all, if you don’t use a proper filter, you won’t get a great experience. The band pass filter is the best solution I think.
My negative film filter was still good, and I didn’t noticed a huge change at the first glinch, but after several hours of tests, here are the improvments I noticed.
The camera now sees only IR 850nm so any other light source won’t affect the quality of the blobs. That’s why ambiant light is less a problem with this filter. Moreover, as there is only 850nm IR visible (which is the one of my illuminators), the camera has less trouble to adjust gain and exposure on the right values to see my fingers. Thanks to that, blob have a higher contrast…
So both this points are good enough to purchase such filter… but not as your main priority… As you may have noticed on my previous reports and my video, you can get a nice experience without it, but having one reduces the possibility of having further problems with anbiant light and low blob contrast…
Hope this help so of you…

Have fun !!!

CCV 1.3 now with Installer

{PLEASE WE NEED FEEDBACKS – COMMENTS ARE MORE THAN WELCOMED}

Hi,
Just to let you know that CCV is now at 1.3b stage and officially released by the NUI Group.
There are a lot of tracking and stability improvments, some new features and like my previous release a working fix for the (0.0) issue.
There is a usual version to unpack and a new version with an installer.

Check the links down here to download your prefered version :

Here are the original files and the code source on the NUI Group Site :

http://nuicode.com/projects/tbeta/f...

and the download links from the NUI Group :

CCV 1.3b zip version :

http://nuicode.com/attachments/down...

CCV 1.3b w/ Installer :

http://nuicode.com/attachments/down...

If you want to them from my blog, here are the links :

CCV 1.3b zip version :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/share/ccv13.zi...

and a Megaupload link :

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LE8U19...

CCV 1.3b w/ Installer :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/share/ccv13.ex...

and a Megaupload link :

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=C45NBD...

Enjoy !

CCV 1.3 UPDATE

{PLEASE COMMENT WITH FEEDBACKS AND ISSUES}

REMINDER : if you’re updating from a previous build, save your config.xml, camera.xml, and calibration.xml from the data folder if you don’t want to loose your settings. Replace the files from the new build after unpacking.

Hi,
Here are the new CCV 1.3 Binairies… Sorry to have kept you waiting…
There are a lot of stability improvements, a working (0.0) issue fix, and a new protocol added by the dev team.
Seems smoother and more stable to me, hope you’ll find it the same.

DOWNLOAD : please see newer post about CCV 1.3b official release.

http://cktouch.fr.nf/index.php?post...

Enjoy !

Quick important links to get started

Hi,
Here is a post just to post quick links to all important posts on the blog :

Latest PS3 Eye Driver :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/index.php?post...

Latest CCV 1.3 Binairies :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/index.php?post...

Everything about Surface :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/index.php?tag/...

Download the latest Win7 Driver :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/index.php?post...

Win7 Driver installation instructions :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/index.php?post...

Enjoy !

NEW PS3 Eye Driver v4.0

Hi,
There is a new version of AlexP’s PS3 Eye Driver, so here is a link to the download on Alex’s new website :

http://codelaboratories.com/get/cl-...

Please use the link above but here an other miror :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/share/cleyedri...

INSTALLATION NOTE : please plug your ps3 eye and uninstall it from the device manager first, then uninstall the old driver from programs manager, then unplug the ps3 eye and install the new driver.

Enjoy !!!

NEW CCV 1.3 Binairies {UPDATE 03/02/2010 22:00}

Hi,
I wanted to tell you that I’ve updated the binairies of CCV 1.3a. I’ve fixed one major issue in this release. As you may know, CCV sends over TUIO the (0,0) coordinate every time a blob appears out of the calibrated zone. Well not anymore with this version of CCV 1.3a.

Here are the links to download it :

http://cktouch.fr.nf/share/ccv13.zi...

or the Megaupload link :

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B1OWC3...

Enjoy !!!

{UPDATE 03/02/2010 22:00} : All improvments from the SVN repository are included in this new release, included a better (0,0) fix.