Multi Touch Input Device

Today I made a multi touch input device from a cardboard box, webcam, picture frame, a piece of paper and some tape.

I followed this tutorial:

It was really easy and I had it up and running in les than 30 minutes after I got all the parts together.

Here is a video of it in action and photos of the box.

Multi touch box from sam hassan on Vimeo.

Its just a webcam in a box!!

Air 1.0 doesn’t support Mouse.hide()

I’m currently developing a touch screen application in Flash AS3 and thought I would deploy it as an AIR application. However I found out that the Mouse.hide function doesn’t work in AIR 1.0, even though the documentation sys otherwise:

this isn’t that much of an issue as you can just publish a flash file as an EXE but it does mean that I have to have all the linked assets with the EXE, whereas if it was an Air app all files would be included so less could go wrong when it gets sent to the client.

I was trying this in my full screen application with custom chrome, but also tried it in a brand new AIR file and the mouse cursor is still visible.

If any one has got this to work and I’m just being stupid pleas let me know or if you have the same problem let me know I’m not alone.

Update: Mouse hide Solution found

Flickr Viewer Component

This is an AS3 component that uses the Yahoo Flickr API to request the thumbnail photos based on the search criteria, which can be titles or tags.
A grid of 20 thumbnails is displayed along with the total amount of photos available for that particular search, the thumbnails are split in to pages of 20 very easily as the Flickr API request allows you to specify the amount of images you want per page and what page you currently want.
I have noticed one error with the response, the total number of images changes randomly as you change page, you would expect it to increase now and then as people upload new photos but it decreases sometimes, which is a bit odd.

You can also view the full size image and title by clicking on a thumbnail.

I wanted to see how easy it would be to deploy this component as a standalone AIR application. It was as simple as changing the publish type, you can try the Flickr viewer AIR app here

First bit of paper vision

I have wanted to try out papervision for a while and I have finally got round to making something pointless.

Here it is 2 boxes inside a room……. Pointless!

Move around the scene by moving your mouse

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