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47 Comments to Video

  1. Hi Dominic,

    I just posted a profile of your work at:


  2. Jonathan Brill on January 15th, 2009
  3. Hi Dominic,

    Thanks for sharing your thesis work with the world. Nice job! Here are some thoughts and considerations that crossed my mind while studying your video. You’ve doubtless addressed many of these in your additional work, but here goes:

    Great brand name…”me-table” is also sort of applicable to the concept.

    The “Resting Hand Gesture” has a definite natural-ness about it, but perhaps it’s almost too forceful. That is, people rest their hands on a table all the time. What if tapping your fingers in thought edited a file? :) You might consider encoding the power features with some slight twist.

    How does the table satisfy for working while seated? It seems more optimal for those who are standing.

    Very nice that pages move away from physical objects, have situational awareness.

    How does the table know where each person is standing? What kind of orientation issues does it face for fewer people, or more people?

    The handwriting effect looked slow to respond. This interaction would seem to require a very smooth, quick response to simulate writing.

    Nice virtual paper clip to link grouped materials. Does the paper clip also tell you about what’s attached to it?

    A built-in coffee machine? Brilliant! However, need to ensure that the making of the coffee doesn’t interrupt any flow that the meeting has generated. Although conducive to thought, getting & preparing coffee does break momentum.

    Is there consideration of audio recording during the meeting? How about subsequent dissemination of meeting minutes?

    What about remote meeting participants (i.e., tele- or video-conference connections) — how are they represented in the system? What kind of controls do they have to work with

    All that said, I’d really love to have one of these tables for in-person design meetings. :)


  4. Elizabeth Bacon on January 22nd, 2009
  5. I really enjoyed the video, made me wish I had such skills to even make and edit a video like that ;-)

    As for the concept, it looks good. The Resting Hand Gesture is an interesting one. Assuming all 5 fingers went down, you’d have to simply run a loop to see if something like the area formed was small enough by the 5 touch points to be a pre-determined amount. Ive coded in flash a loop for 3 fingers and it works quite well, so your idea would be good, though you may want to make it only need 3 fingers or so, as getting 5 nice blobs may be difficult. Who knows though! ;-) That’s what testing is all about.
    The ideas of interactive office environment objects and tasks was what started visual windows, so why not the world of multi-touch getting a boost from the editable and interactive environment of the office/meeting.

  6. PeauProductions on January 22nd, 2009
  7. Love the design, I think its a great idea. The problem is with the “Resting Hand Gesture” that I ran into, is when your using an application that sometimes requires your fingers to remain in 1 spot for a moment then the menu will pop up which would disrupt the application. If you made it so the menu only pops up at certain times or in a specific application then that would be great. I do love the idea though good job!

  8. c0mrade on January 22nd, 2009
  9. Wow, nice video! I like the paper clip ;-)

    Very impressive UI…would love to see it built.

    Here’s what jumped out at me the most, actually: the presence of non-finger objects on the table, both to serve a purpose and those just lying there. I think that really emphasizes the idea the MT can be integrated anywhere – office, school, wherever. The business cards, the coffee, the barcode thing…all make the setup seem truly integrated. I love the fact that in the video, around the 0:40 point, the users aren’t treating the table like its an extra – its a part of what they’re doing.


  10. rbedi100 on January 24th, 2009
  11. Quote: rbedi100 – 22 January 2009 01:42 AM
    “I love the fact that in the video, around the 0:40 point, the users aren’t treating the table like its an extra – its a part of what they’re doing.

    Totally agree. I really think an important part of multitouch is going to be the ease at which it becomes another part of our everyday lives. When it becomes a less intuitive interaction with our machines, where the fact that your table, wall, etc has multitouch abilities and we just “use” it for everyday interactions, just like we use the mouse and keyboard, I think multitouch will have achieved it’s due place in the world of interaction between man and machine.

    Cant wait to see more. And of course you can quote me, right about me, etc. There is lots of good stuff around these forums, and read up on the wiki too.

  12. PeauProductions on January 24th, 2009
  13. I saw your vimeo video the other day CinimoD and thought it was nice. ;-) Would you consider the ‘resting hand’ as a ‘finger hold’?

  14. Seth (cerupcat) on January 24th, 2009
  15. Wow nice video and very interesting concept.

    I share Microsofts view in that order for this technology to progress and disseminate to a wider audience you have to start commericially and with business. Its refreshing to see a business based concept, the coffee thing probably goes too far but very cool nevertheless ;-) Kind of wish this was an actual app Id buy it tomorrow and just sit around pulling up documents and slapping digital paperclips on them ;-) great work.

  16. Osiris on January 24th, 2009
  17. Hey Dominic,

    nice concept, cool video. I’m sure that some of all this new technology will get his way very soon in the office environment. A lot of that what you are showing is allready doable. There are some cool things out there. You may want to take a look at: and also the other projects of these fine people from Austria. I think your concept would be quite easily doable if you would use a front projection (from the ceiling). I would also evaluate if the Anoto concept could be implemented (for your handwriting stuff). You could also do some of the functions you are sketching out with the use of fiducials (actually we are in the building phase of a project where we are using fiducials on the TOP of a presentation surface – seems to work quite well). Ofcourse you would have to give up the fancy black surface of the table – but hey, nothing is perfect! Keep up the good work…

    Greets from Cologne,

    Sandor Rozsa

    corporate design cologne

  18. sandor on January 24th, 2009
  19. Simple stunning work man! keep up the great work and look forward to seeing more!

  20. Christian Moore on January 24th, 2009
  21. wow, Great prototyping skills !
    i really like this coffee thing, it’s surely one of the next use of mt setups = an interface to interact with the real world .

  22. jimihertz on January 24th, 2009
  23. While the video is chock-full of usability issues, it’s great to see compositing tools being used. We do a lot of After Effects previz to show ideas to clients and highly recommend it!
    It’s nice to see that he is exploring many elements of the interaction framework we outlined earlier this month.
    I would be interesting to see more exploration of depth and of subtle cues that suggest/remind users which ideas were interesting and help enhance exploration. My colleague, Win Burleson does a lot of research into this area. Here’s the link to his research at ASU.
    His PhD. project at the MIT Media Lab also suggests interesting ideas about sensing and cues in learning and creative environments.

    How might Dominic take his project to the next level? Comments please :~}

  24. Jonathan Brill on January 25th, 2009
  25. While the first video didn’t seem to introduce much that we haven’t seen before (aside from maybe the previz compositing) one thing that really is interesting is that resting hand gesture (though I’d rather call it a posture.) Allowing users to rest their hands on the table and then become “one” with it, like many people are “one” with their keyboard when they touchtype, can go a long way towards making the user experience natural. Designing the interface with human ergonomics in mind is always a good thing.

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  28. fethi on January 26th, 2009
  29. damn it doe,

    please inform me about your presentation date! wanna cheer for you :D

    see you tonight, VJ

    cheers, Tilman

  30. Tilman on February 6th, 2009
  31. Impressive result. I like how you can clip the business card to the digital document. I wish I had that at work. Would save me a lot of time.


  32. Johannes on February 9th, 2009
  33. Hello Doe, how are you doing?
    I think that your idea is very special and I wanna know when media markt is selling your product :-) Maybe I can take part of an evaluation. Great name:!Mutli-touch world is comin´

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  39. Hi Dominic! Your video looks great! Have you actually made this table?

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Hello, my name is Dominic Kennedy. This page is about the bachelor thesis i am currently writing, under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Ritz and Dipl.-Designer Tim Bruysten at the Fachhochschule Aachen, Germany. The aim is to improve small group design meetings (2-6 people). It is a concept for a multi touch tabletop computer. Professors / Supervisors If you have anything to contribute, please use the comment form or contact me via email.




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