The 33" Playsurface: Now Available!
Order price is $2995 (plus shipping) for the full Multitouch Computer (see specifications below). Units include the Playsurface Launcher, for running and adding .exe and Flash applications, the newest Big Blobby program for handling touch events, plus all of the currently available Playsurface games!
The Playsurface Team is a small group of engineers excited to bring multi-touch surfaces to the masses. We have been building multi-touch computers for some time, and we have funded our open-source Playsurface through Kickstarter.
We want to explore what we think to be exciting uncharted territories of this technology and in particular how it can help bring people together in collaboration, creativity, and learning.
Visit the Sandbox and Forum for discussions on hardware assembly and software development.
or call Michael White at (303) 317-6566
Big Blobby for Playsurface
FTL Labs is excited to announce the release of a new version of Big Blobby that is especially optimized for use with the Playsurface! The software is based on Community Core Vision which is available from NUI Group, but has been extensively revised and updated to provide a much better touch experience with Playsurface (diffuse illumination type) touch tables.
Among the many improvements are fisheye correction during calibration, improved background subtraction, recording of test videos, simultaneous support of TUIO and FlashXML, and the addition of an additional TUIO channel to handle app launch and exit.
The new Big Blobby is included as part of the Playsurface Launcher and can be accessed from the app menu there. You can get both the Playsurface Launcher and Big Blobby for free at the App page here at Playsurface.org!
Stencyl for Playsurface
To get Playsurface touch tables into schools and living rooms across the world, it is important that non-programmers can develop the games they want. To this end FTL Labs has developed a new multitouch application development system using Stencyl, a well-known block-based software development system.
The new Playsurface extension works great with the free version of Stencyl (available here) and provides all-new program building blocks for creating fast and fun multitouch games for the Playsurface. The games can be added to the "Multitouch Apps" folder of the Playsurface Launcher, creating a quick-launch video arcade of games like whack-a-mole, and tower-defense games. Stencyl has so many fun demo programs, game utilities, sounds, and sprites, it is very easy to get a game going in minutes, and then just put it on a flash drive to try it out on your Playsurface.
Students will recognize Stencyl's user interface, because it is very similar to MIT's SCRATCH programming language. To get them started, FTL has uploaded some easy Stencyl projects as well as the Playsurface Stencyl extension at the Apps page here at Playsurface.org!