Guest lecture on multi-touch user interfaces for School of Design
Working on menus for the interface of SourceVis
Talk on multi-touch user interfaces at School of Design
ITS poster submitted
PLATEAU Reviews and getting programme established
ITS paper rejections x2
Start of Rugby World Cup, should be a good 6 weeks
Attended Sidhe Rugby Challenge Game launch
Third place in the IEEE Postgraduate Student Presentation event
Demo of multi-touch table at Study At Vic Day and NZ ICT Conference
Perl scripts good now for Understand
Hacking Perl scripts for Understand
Trying to empty inbox
Getting back to making some scripts work with Scitools Understand
Finished the improvements to the Black Multi-touch table. Now has a cooling system by way of fan, vents, and ducting. Added a new mirror as well to make room for a computer. Waiting to install a new computer.
Appeared in the Victorious Alumni magazine with a story called: A Touch of Magic
creating separate Eclipse project for SourceVis and integrating it with MT4j 0.98
installed version 0.98 of MT4j
Sunburst working nicely with Java Packages and Classes example, now need to integrate with MT4j
Hacking the Java data to work with Sunburst layout
Jobsed getting CCV and PS3 working with ArchLinux, judging from other peoples experience it might actually work
Assisting Jing with the mulit-touch user experiment
Updated the Multi-touch table page.
Gave some feedback to one of the University writers about info on multi-touch research.
Attended NZCSRSC 2011 in Palmerston North for one day. Had some interesting conversations with Ben Wilde and David Brebner from Unlimited Realities.
Got DocuBurst working with some Java code information.
Installed new version of MT4j and looking at the new features
Got DocuBurst working, may work at integrating that into MT4j since it relies on the prefuse toolkit which I have almost working with MT4j
Resolved some Eclipse SVN issues
Multi-touch word clouds now working properly with removing objects and selection of objects, had to tweak the code a bit.
Helped communicate with the Google representatives about their trip
Caught up with Andrew Walbran
MT4j now works on ArchLinux, thanks to Royce for the investigation to make this work
giving a presentation on Friday about the Multi-touch table. I was intending on using Keynote which would have been fine. Instead decided to create a nice little application to create "Multi-touch Powerpoint" slides, hopefully it will work if not I can always go back to Keynote/Powerpoint. The idea came from an old project of ours called Clicki: a framework for light-weight web-based visual applications which had Clicki Powerpoint!
Working on creating a treemap visualization with the example from the Processing visualizing data book
Donated some old commerce notes to their faculty and they said that it can go in their archives. The person I gave them to said I was a veteran. I still feel young at heart. Also donated some old proceedings and books to the library
Hacking with code_swarm and MT4j. Got the basic example working now need to get some of the code from the Qualitas Corpus or another project and see how that goes. Visualized the history of my PhD proposal seems like I did lots of work in 2008 then nothing major until mid-late 2009 then finishing at the start of 2010, how I wish I could have changed things, knowing what I know now
Ran into some errors with MT4j and WordCram, but nothing too major. Posted some queries on the forums, waiting for responses to move on with that code
WordCram is working much more to my liking.
Wordookie not doing what I want as the intersection method is causing me some issues, instead will look at WordCram which seems to have more options.
Intersection method not working so great, so moving onto having a slider to display more or less words in the Wordle.
Making text displayed on the angle for multi-touch Wordle using Wordookie and Wordcram toolkits. Looks quite good with random colours, different styles, different angles. Now need to make sure the intersection method works so the words are not overlayed on each other
Finished reading Bursts: the hidden pattern behind everything we do.
Back to hacking multi-touch word clouds
Made some new side boards for the Black Multi-touch table so when taking the projector out we know exactly the place it was located in last time. This also stops it from moving about on the back board as well
Mounted the camera and the remaining lights.
Got a nice comment on my SoftVis blog, it is always a nice feeling when someone appreciates your work.
Looks like we will submit another proposal for PLATEAU again this year for SPLASH/Onward!
Made the Blue Table (48 inches) work again and this time better. I fixed the lens on the camera using the CS mount. I hadn't screwed one of the screws correctly int othe CS mount. Likewise I used the 25 segmented IR lights and 4 bars of IR lights. I guess I should take some pictures and update the Multi-touchTable page. Removing old materials from office to make it more usable. Next week it will be back to writing more software.
Put the Black Table into Jing's office so she can use it. We tried CCV on her laptop but that did not seem to run as fast as what we needed. Hence we will probably need a dedicated machine. Perhaps Stuart can sort that one out with the programmers or obtain some research funding.
Painted the Black Table (28 inches), mounted the camera, mounted the mirror, mounted the lights, mounted the speakers, created a curtain at the back and a cover screen. If I have time the only thing left to do is paint the remaining bits of wood on the inside white, get a better increase of air flow with some fans, and look at swapping the exisiting mirror for a smaller one or a front surface mirror.
Got some new screws for the Black Table now need to move the projector over to the right further to make it the full screen. Installed some lights and camera to see how the table would operate. It seems to work better than expected. Now need to tidy it all up and make it usable.
Making multi-touch word clouds, hacking with Wordookie and WordCram. Had to recompile Wordookie in Java 1.5 since that is what Processing supports (real pain in the butt). WordCram does not quite work.
Zoom and two finger pan work for prefuse and MT4j, now need to be able to manipulate objects in the visualization such as drag, tap, and lasso
Found some interesting projects being offered by Jean-Daniel's group at Inria:
Working with some examples from Keith in the prefuse toolkit to show the dependencies between methods and fields in a class. The visualization uses a force directed layout. Need to integrate with MT4j.
Meeting with NextWindow showing some demos and tour of the school
Javadoc example working of rendering HTML text, need to make it a web page browser now. Got Lobo Browser working, now need to integrate that nicely with MT4j
Got SVN and Eclipse working together on laptop and multi-touch machine
Working slowly through the old Elvis Brain wiki and moving content to the newish wiki (this one)
Helping Marco with his project
Creating wooden sides for the Elvis Table now called Black Table as it will be painted black. Made the back part for the projector smaller so it will be able to fit into smaller spaces. Need to put new projector in and complete this table. Added some new trolley wheels to the Black Table.
Updating Elvis wiki from old content off ElvisBrain
Parts from Peau Productions arrived. Got Tim to solder the lights together and provide a NZ plug
Microsoft released MS Surface 2.0. As predicted it uses LCD technology instead of a projector and can be mounted vertically. Instead of using a camera the infrared detection is built into the LCD screen. It is only 40 inches while mine is 48-50 inches.