Finger Fresco is an interactive installation using FingerWorks iGesture
multitouch pads. Multitouch refers to the ability to detect multiple fingers
independently and simultaneously. The installation lets people
use three of these pads to generate and manipulate graphics,
music, and realtime camera images, all simultaneously.
It was first demonstrated at
Maker Faire 2007, and then a few weeks
later at Electro-Music 2007.
I developed the software primarily in ActionScript 3 (Flash 9),
with a little Python and KeyKit on the side. The cases I built include
arcade buttons (connected to a hacked Behringer BCF-2000) which allow people
to adjust a few parameters of the generated music/graphics/pictures.
To the left is a picture of Finger Fresco at Maker Faire 2007, and to the right
is a video clip showing people playing
with it at the Faire. The first part of the clip shows
the manipulation of realtime camera images (taken by a
webcam on a tripod next to the pads). After panning to show the people
who are using the pads, the clip then pans back to the projector screen,
showing the abstract graphics that are being generated at that point.
I've been using the FingerWorks iGesture pad for a while now.
Here's a picture of the first custom controller I built (and still use)
for for interactive performances: