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Microsoft Surface and Jeff Han's multi-touch UI seem to be ages behind if compared to Project Maestro, developed by Cynergy, a RIA development company based in Washington, DC.

What Project Maestro is?:It's a prototype of a no-touch interface, developed with WPF, XAML and using the WII remote with some custom-built IR gloves. And they say they built it in 8 days.

Here is the video of how it works:

If you want to do it yourself, here are some pointers to get you started: Connecting the Wii Control to WPF and the Wiimote project.

Seems like we are not far from revolutionizing the way we interact with computers: how long before we connect directly to the user's mind?

kick it on

posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 1:00 AM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Minority Report-like interaction in WPF

Left by LorenzoC at 1/23/2008 10:42 AM

I don't want any computer connected to any hole in my body. :)

# re: Minority Report-like interaction in WPF

Left by Tom at 1/24/2008 3:29 AM

This is really cool technology and I'm sure that will dominate most of the comments on this. But may I also say that this is probably the most effective commercial (for Cynergy) I've ever seen in my life. Not only is it interesting in its own right but they manage to establish themselves as industry leaders and then prove it in under 3 minutes.

This is a gross oversimplification but they are basically saying "Here is something equivalent to Microsoft's $10,000 Surface project and we did it in 8 days with about $600 worth of equipment"

Really great job all around on the part of the Cynergy folks.

# re: Minority Report-like interaction in WPF

Left by Rick Barraza at 3/7/2008 11:29 AM

Ciao Simone. Nice blog. Ok, it sounds like you didn't believe me about the 8 days, so let me clarify :) It was actually 10 days, but I took two days off on Christmas to take my family to Disneyland, so I was only at the computer 8 days though if you want to be technical, I was solving some of the math problems in my head while waiting in line/driving those 2 days. Where in Italy are you at? I have some family in Milano and friends in Torino, maybe next time I'm over there we can meet up. Drop me a line.

# re: Minority Report-like interaction in WPF

Left by Simone at 3/7/2008 11:39 AM

Hi Rick, I'm from Milano.
Yeah, I believe that it took you 8 days for the protyping phase. Usually it's the transition from prototype to production that takes most of the time.
As for solving math problems in mind it happened a few times to me as well. Last month I had the inspiration for visualization I'm working on while cross-country skiing... you might say "Damn, you are in the middle of a white valley surrounded by wonderfull mountains and you think about math?" Well.. sometimes mind never stop working :)

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