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+ - multi-touch open source initiative

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ifakemyadd writes "An open source initiative has started to develop software and hardware for multi-touch user interfaces. These techniques were widely made popular by the Jeff Han videos, and apple iPhone. Development currently seems focused on homebrew devices which use webcams and software based blob detection. OS development priority currently seems to be Windows, followed by OSX, and finally Linux.

Devices, including Han's (which will be publicly available through the company perspective pixel) use OSC typically implemented over UDP. Most users use VVVV and Java to generate the OSD data from webcams. There is also touchlib, a C++ library for windows.

With Xql in the works, will the multi-touch open source initative catch on in the linux dev world, easily realizing the Han desktop utopia for the end user? And with linux development, will the multi-touch open source translate into increased open source used in embedded systems? The thought of multi-touch devices besides apple's iPhone quickly entering the market via open source initiatives is an invigorating thought, especially if it encourages business to adopt open source practices"

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