Linux alternative to Microsoft Surface enroute

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Miguel blogged about Microsoft’s Surface multi-touch computer interface. Found out about the Linux alternative beeing called MPX or Multi-Pojnter X, on Tectonic Open Source news, that is still in the early phases of development.

Some interesting bits…

The software is still in development and there are a ton of bugs to fix according to Hutterer. However, it will give you a good idea about what you will be able to do.”

Hutterer has made things really interesting by connecting an MPX-enabled Linux system to Mitsubishi Electric’s DiamondTouch display table. Like Microsoft Surface, the DiamondTouch is also a multi-user, touch-and-gesture-activated surface.

While the DiamondTouch employs a different technology to Microsoft’s TouchLight, the final result is even better because the MPX-DiamondTouch combination actually recognises four different unique users.

Microsoft Surface and Jeff Han’s developments allow multiple users to interact with it, but they don’t recognise them as unique yet.

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