What's included and what's not?


What you'll need:

How can I order?

Good Question. At this point TouchKit is an open source project. The only way to get a system is to build it yourself based on the information on these pages.

I just want code, no kits or hardware!?

Great! That's cool too. Check out our download section. The software is free to download and use.

We think it's important to have our designs/API freely available, We think there is extra value in this approach and we appreciate accreditation back to us, it keeps us and the project alive.

Wahoo I found a bug! This is Broken! Nothing is happening!!? I hate you guys!

Please email us or post the issue to the mailing list. We will find the love together again.

How do I get started?

Check out setup page. If you're still having problems please post to the mailing list.

I got my touchkit, but I think _______ is missing?!

First make sure everything arrived. Sometimes we ship the gear in multiple boxes.

The Software, Demo Applications, Schematics and Source Code is all available online and in order to save trees we don't send you a hard copy.

If you are missing anything, please check the boxes well and contact us. We'll do our best to fix it as quickly as we can.

How do I learn to program in C++?

There is a lot of information available online. Check out the OpenFrameworks forums for programming related question. They have a great beginner section where a lot of basics have been covered.

On what platforms can I use TouchKits?

Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are a go. Check out the VirtualAwesome framework for details.

Who is developing this project and why multitouch?

The TouchKit is developed by Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger who are the Principles at Nortd Labs. The TouchKit project started out with one simple goal: to make multitouch available (as cheaply as possible) to the masses and to make the software of developing these systems transparent in nature. We believe in a larger vision of the shifting of hardware to touch based systems and software which your Grandmother (Hi Grandma!) can walk up and interact with, without the usual learning curve of most PCs.

Do I have to cite TouchKit/Nortd.com? Do I have to share my code? Distribute it?

We like it when people include a "built with TouchKit" or """built using nortd.com/touchkit" note with a link back to the site, since it helps create interest and brings in more people to the project.

We don't/can't/shouldn't require it, but it makes us happy because the software is free and this is one way you can help give back to our many lost nights of sleep and weekend-less lives.

LAME! All I want to be able to do is run XP/Photoshop/Word/MS Paint?

TouchKit is not an operating system. We are also not sure we are interested in bringing old software to multitouch. It hurts our heads and makes us a Sad Panda. How about redesigning and rethinking computer aided painting for touch interfaces? Or write your own multitouch Photoshop application? We would be very proud of you!

Why would you do this for cheap/free when other people charge a crap-ton of money for the same technology? Don't you want a house with a hot tub and lots of ladies?

TouchKit is an open source development platform and environment for people who want to program on multitouch systems and don't have trust funds or access to corporate credit cards. We started to develop it as students in Graduate School. As a result, it is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, companies and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, development and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of C++ computer vision multitouch programming within a visual context and to serve as a software and a hardware development or production tool. Touchkit is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain with the advantage that it allows users to have a common starting point which has been extensively tested and allows for open community based development.

And yes, we would like a hot tub. Feel free to buy the studio one. We'll invite you over for a pool party once it's installed and send you photos of hot girls/guys using it.

My app just crashed during my Nobel Prize acceptance speech. I hate you guys!

That is really too bad, we hate it when bad things happen to good code. Here is what our lawyers think: the Touchkit Software, hardware and schematics are provided "as is" and we make no express or implied warranties with respect to functionality, operability or use including without any limitations any implied warranties or infringement. We expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect, incidental damages including lost revenues, lost profits, losses resulting from business interruption or loss of data, regardless of the form of action or legal theory under which the liability may be asserted, even if advised of the possibility or likelihood of such damages.