Open source multitouch surfaces with Arduino

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Open source multitouch surfaces with Arduino

Wook Chang of Seoul based Sensible UI tipped us off to their new open source multitouch project called OpenMT. The project is comprised of both software and hardware tools that allow you to combine readily available parts with an Arduinoid to create super thin, flexible multitouch surfaces.

As you may know, most touch companies (except for camera-based multi-touch companies) are prefer super-closed business strategy. They never even reveal data sheets or sell samples unless large amount of volume order is guaranteed.

So, here I offer OpenMT: an Open Source MultiTouch development platform. It’s the collection of open source hardwares and softwares for anyone to make his/her own thin and flexible multi-touch panel.

The OpenMT project is at the planning stage. Documentation is not complete yet, but after the first release, you will be able to make a 8×8 multitouch trackpad.

26 thoughts on “Open source multitouch surfaces with Arduino

  1. Dino Segovis says:

    Whoa… nice work. I just checked out the site and the wiki. I might have to work with this.
    Nice to see the “spam”… err.. “reactions” below…. guess the new comment structures ease of posting comes with a price tag. What the heck is a reaction anyway? :)

  2. Dino Segovis says:

    Whoa… nice work. I just checked out the site and the wiki. I might have to work with this.
    Nice to see the “spam”… err.. “reactions” below…. guess the new comment structures ease of posting comes with a price tag. What the heck is a reaction anyway? :)

  3. Dino Segovis says:

    Whoa… nice work. I just checked out the site and the wiki. I might have to work with this.
    Nice to see the “spam”… err.. “reactions” below…. guess the new comment structures ease of posting comes with a price tag. What the heck is a reaction anyway? :)

  4. Dino Segovis says:

    Whoa… nice work. I just checked out the site and the wiki. I might have to work with this.
    Nice to see the “spam”… err.. “reactions” below…. guess the new comment structures ease of posting comes with a price tag. What the heck is a reaction anyway? :)

  5. John Dimo says:

    I’m liking this! Could prove to be a fun project to work on.

  6. adrianfreed says:

    You can do 6×6 multitouch pressure with any Arduino
    without any external components:http://www.adrianfreed.com/content/sewn-wearable-etextile-fabric-multitouch

    1. Touch User Interface says:

      Nice tip. I needed external components to drive the 40×30 multi-touch pad. But for smaller size, it’s enough to use Arduino only.

    2. Touch User Interface says:

      Nice tip. I needed external components to drive the 40×30 multi-touch pad. But for smaller size, it’s enough to use Arduino only.

  7. Brent Higgins says:

    how do you improve the latency

  8. Ionut Bilica says:

    Draw a keyboard on it. You’ll have a keyboard + 10 mouses, switching between keyboard and mouse with a gesture. I would love to see you replacing the mouse and keyboard we’re using for decades.

  9. Ionut Bilica says:

    Draw a keyboard on it. You’ll have a keyboard + 10 mouses, switching between keyboard and mouse with a gesture. I would love to see you replacing the mouse and keyboard we’re using for decades.

  10. arif azman says:

    hi guys, i want to do the project..but the link given shows nothing and doesn’t exist anymore..can somebody send me the schematic diagrams,including the components used and the instructions..thanks

  11. Victor says:

    I quote what arif azman said. The wiki is no longer available.

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