Multitouch interfaces are surfaces that can register multiple 'touch points' at the same time,
meaning users can use natural hand movements to manipulate digital objects. Most multitouch systems also project the screen image onto the touch surface, making interaction more intuitive.
Since big multitouch systems are expensive to build, this instructable teaches you how to build a simpler and smaller multitouch system for $50-150 using easy to find parts. A Mini-Multitouch.
Mini-Multitouch works by the same principles as larger systems, and is handy for all sorts of hack-ish or art-ish uses (think fingerpainting, music-by-touch, or other gesture-based interactions).
This Instructable is being submitted as part of the "Win a Laser Cutter" contest on behalf of Make:Philly, in the hope that we might be able to kick off the creation of our new community workspace with the introduction of a shiny new laser cutter :)
Difficulty: Intermediate (or intrepid beginner). Requires basic knowledge of soldering, use of hacksaw and utility knife, software installation, and following software tutorials. Passing familiarity with these topics and a willingness to learn will get you through this Instructable!
Build Time: 8-10 hours for an expert in above topics; 16-20 hours for beginner/intermediate.
Step 1: Parts and preparation
cordless drill and drill bits
Webcam (Phillips SP900 Recommended) - Available for purchase on the web
Windows PC (sorry Atari, the vvvv toolkit is Windows-only.)
4.3 x 4.3 mm Infrared (aka nightvision) lens - Available for purchase on the web
Infrared LED's (SFH485 recommended) - available from digikey.
A power supply (output 3.3v DC at 220mA recommended) - Available at most hobby/craft shops
Fast setting crazy glew (any brand, and get it in a brush on bottle) - Available at most hobby/craft shops
Sandpaper, 400 grit and 800 grit - Available at hardware store
Brass Polish - Available at hardware store
8 x 10 sheet of Lexan standard thickness (0.85) - Available at hardware store
8ft strip of "Tile Divider" - Available at hardware store
A cardboard box, at least 1.5 feet tall on one side (we used 1.5' x 1' x 1') - Available at hardware store (or just laying around!)
Small bits of wire. If you don't have wire laying around, get a small spool of 20 or 22 gauge wire, in both red and black.- Available at most electronics/hobby shops