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Making The Game – Teil 6: Multi-Touch-Geräte und ihre Leistungsgrenzen

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Programs and games nowadays have to run not only on a particular platform. So I have chosen some multi-touch devices on which the application in this project should be playable. However, since not all devices have the same capabilities and limitations we have to take a look at the differences in the performance of the devices, so that the application can run smoothly and error-free in the end. In addition to the performance we mainly take a look in to the multi-touch capabilities as well as other natural ways of interacting with the devices.     MSI Wind Top AE2060 – All in One PC The MSI Wind Top All-in-one […]

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Bewegungserkennung via Webcam

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As you might already know from my “Making The Game” category I’m currently writing my Master’s thesis on natural user interfaces (NUI). This research area also includes the computer control via body movements and gestures, as they are already on the EyeToy or the Kinect.   Besides the mere paperwork I also develop a NUI program that is easy to operate without input devices like mouse and keyboard. So i played a little with the webcam framework in flash and programmed a small motion detection game I don’t want to hide from you.   The aim of the game to catch the falling diamonds with the hand in front of […]

Making The Game – Teil 3: Technische Grundlagen

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Increasingly we read in test reports and journals of capacitive and resistive touch screens, but very few of us know what the differences, the advantages and the disadvantages are. Besides these two methods, there are other optical methods for detection of contact points, which are more often used in larger devices such as PCs and touch-tables.     Touchscreen technologies Touchscreens consist in most cases of the display, that is just like normal monitors used for image output, and the overlying touchscreen, which recognizes the contact points and passes them to the computer. The touchscreen consists of three components. The touch sensor, the controller and a software driver. The touch […]

Making The Game – Teil 2: Was ist ein Natural User Interface (NUI)

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A Natural User Interface, or NUI is a user interfaces which allows you to interact directly with a device by typing, swiping or simple touch. But not just smartphone users know how to use this new type of interface, even at ticket machines and ATMs, this new technology is already widely used. So far artificial input devices like mouse and keyboard were needed to operate a device. But now, through the use of Touch-Sensitive touch screens, just a simple touch of a finger is needed to achieve the same.   The well-known graphical user interface (GUI), which is mainly operated by moving the mouse has become obsolete by this new […]

Making The Game – Teil 1: Meine bisherigen Erfahrungen mit Multi-Touch Anwendungen

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If you know me personally or have been a bit of rummaging in my blog you will know that I have already developed multi-touch applications and games during my studies.   These applications were written, in contrast to my current project, specifically for the Multi-Touch-Table in the graphics lab of the department of computer science, which had the disadvantage that these programs could only be tested and demonstrated there. Due to the technical progress since these days affordable Touch-PCs are available on the market. This has the advantage that Touch Applications can now be developed and tested at home.   In my Project i will use the MSI Wind Top […]

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Making The Game – Prolog

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Who expected that this blog is a description how to program a game in a short time will be disappointed.   The focus of this blog, alongside the development of a edutainment-game as part of my master thesis, is on the possibilities and capabilities of the current Multi-Touch-Hardware and applications and their use in education and training. Due to the rapid spread of smartphones in recent years many young users are used to control electrical devices via finger and the associated terminology is known. Experts believe that in the coming months and years the PC market is gradually conquered by this new technology, which is so far almost exclusively used […]