Global Education Partnership

This is a forward announcement calling for expressions of interest. We are at the initial stages of formulating a global partnership programme for education and researchers that will package Elements multi-touch software and a 10 point iQRite multi-touch Frame for teaching, learning and development.

Our intention is to make it a simple no fuss and affordable way to enable interactive courses, media departments etc to easily integrate Multi touch into their study programme.

The iQRite MIT Education Programme is only available for registered and recognised tertiary colleges and schools etc. Open to all countries and level of study.

Some of the benefits will include:
– Access to very special hardware pricing.
– Ability to use the very latest MT technology (we went into production last week).
– Opportunity to show case student work.
– Unique software licensing arrangements.
– Common and open community of encouragement, recognition and innovation.
– Ability for graduating students to publish their profile and show case their work.
– Be an active member of the multi-touch industry.
– Opportunity to partner with iQRite resellers in your region.
– Achieve recognition in expos for the work coming out of your programme.
– Ability for students to create an income stream for work they produce during and post your course.
– Connecting students and programmes around the world using a common hardware platform.
– Sharing of experiences and resources suitable for the iQRite frame.
– A well known platform for creating local and global competitions

The components of the initiative include an actual IQrite Multi-touch Frame and Elements Software. The iQRite Multi-touch frame can be applied to an off the shelf LCD or if you wished you could build your own touch table cabinet (using projection or LCD) and simply fit the frame to the top.

Schools will need to be running the Microsoft Windows platform to be able to participate in this initiative.

We envisage that programmes and departments offering IT courses, human interaction, design courses, media courses, rehabilitation, therapy, and the like will be ideal partners in the programme.

There will be a screening and approval process, however this will not be arduous process and will be implemented online.

We would welcome any suggestions from educators, administrators and expressions of interested participants in the iQRite MT Education Programme. Send email to sales@iqrite.com Make sure you add all you contact details and some links that help us understand who you are, what education programmes you are offering or want to move into.

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Build a Multi Touch Pad with your pocket money

Seth Sandler has put this easy to understand video together which demonstrates how with a few simple tools and materials it is possible to create a multi touch project that will engage any one with a slight bent towards the scientific and some engineering ability (cellotape up a box and make a hole!)

With some ingenuity this multi touch project, would make an excellent school project to introduce students to the world of software, engineering and computer set up. By using low cost materials you might have or easy to come by, the web cam is probably the only item you might need to purchase.

This uses Front Diffused Illumination, with normal ambient light (infrared not required or needed) and a normal off-the-shelf webcam (IR filter can still be in place).

See how the students become engaged in this public showing at UCSD Music Center using Audio Touch. Note that in this case a projector has been added.

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The Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010 Conference

The Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2010 conference is this year in Germany in November 2010.

ITS 2010 is an important calendar event show casing and presenting research in the design and use of new and emerging tabletop and interactive surface technologies and is run in cooperation with ACM.
ITS 2010 will bring together top researchers and practitioners who are interested in both the technical and human aspects of interactive tabletop and surface technologies.  The aim is to achieve increased synergy of approaches between the disciplines engaged in the research in the area of interactive tabletops and surfaces, Design, HCI, UbiComp, Psychology, MobileHCI and other related fields.
Events such as ITS 2010 are are important stepping stone due to the diversity required within the interactive community, the growth of the discipline in a wide variety of areas, including innovations in ITS hardware, software, interaction design, and studies expanding our understanding of design considerations of  interactive tabletops and services and their role and applications in modern society.
ITS2010 will encourage immediate interdisciplinary collaboration on future research topics. Young scholars and Ph.D. students are especially encouraged to submit papers and participate in the doctoral colloquium.

Innovation converges touch and display forever

Intel said the  the way people interact with digital signage technology in environments such as stores, airports, banks and hotels is going to change. Intel Corporation demonstrated a  multi-user, multi-touch Intel® Intelligent Digital Signage Concept at the National Retail Federation Convention (NRF) in New York.

Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and National Retail Federation Convention (NRF), the demonstration emulates a virtual brick-and-mortar store setting where customers may use the multi-touch holographic screen to explore merchandise, find out about promotions, submit feedback on products, read customer reviews, view past purchasing histories and share what they have discovered with their friends via social media and mobile phone integration.
Multiple consumers can use this side-by-side window display simultaneously to explore augmented reality-enabled maps of each floor of the store, on which retailers can superimpose images such as coupons and sales promotions next to the product visualizations on the glass, improving the customer’s shopping experience.
“As stores seek more competitive advantages over online retailers, digital signage has become a valuable technology for dispersing targeted and interactive content to shoppers,” said Joe Jensen, general manager, Intel Embedded Computing Division. “We therefore designed the Intel Intelligent Digital Signage Concept to show that retailers can engage and interact with consumers in a more personal and compelling manner through new usage models such as augmented reality and interactive product explorations, which in turn could yield an increase in revenue and customer loyalty.”
Clients wishing to implement this concept are able to do so with the ICE Hololite90 Screen, iQRite Touch Frames and the industial grade ICE 82″ LCD panels. Combine with the creative GUI designers and code cutters innovation and enagement can now occur next to the Levi jeans.

Visualisation and Multi Touch go hand in hand CES 2010

You will be engaging with content in entirely new ways and your fingers, feet or body are going to have a major part of the process.

Multi-touch is not just about 10 fingers touching, but rather part of a paradigm shift in how content will be gathered in real-time, displayed in entirely new ways and also in real-time. There are two aspects facilitating this…. the interactive hardware and the software applications like Flex, Flash etc. On the hardware side it is now only becoming viable in the last 2 years or so for this to be implemented out of the lab and into shop windows, expos and the like.

At the biggest innovation expo – CES 2010 in Las Vegas, an exciting range of products were debuted. Intel used multi touch to promote their new 4i7 Processor in this engaging installation for their booth at CES 2010. (Consumer Electronic Show)

Combine Social Media technology, leading edge GUI design and recent hardware developments is creating new ways for viewers to engage with content. The Age of Participation Viewing has arrived.

For the hardware to create this type of installation you could use ICE Digital Daytime screen products such as ICE Dupix or the amazing Blue Ocean high definition all weather screens. For the touch technology you could use iQRite Touch frames. The larger multi touch capability will be available in late 2010 up to 150″.

In this installation also at Intel they are using the display to showcase Intel’s latest processors: the Intel Core i7, Intel Centrino 2, and the Intel Atom. It’s using a real-time 3D engine driving a giant transparent touch-screen. Now both of these products are now available directly from ICE AV. The capacitance technology referred to his available on this download. The transparent touch screen technology is available here and we call it ICE Hololite90. Check out a full range of videos here.

In particular we give you some behind the scene video clips here experimenting and messing around with our Hololite90 and Dupix screens.

Holite90 Part One

Hololite90 Part two

ICE Dupix Installs

ICE Dupix Applications

ICE AV specializes in innovative technology and distributed world-world with visionary partners, resellers and collaborators. We welcome your inquiry. Contact Kevin Andreassend directly at kevin at iceav . co . nz

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Does Windows 7 herald in a new era of GUI interfaces

As operating systems go, Windows 7 certainly will give a major boost in the Microsoft camp, similar to what the iPhone did for Apple. What both these camps have in common is to drive a new way of interacting with content through multiple touch points and manipulation.

Have you noticed that there is a fundamental way emerging that has gone behind the point and click. Imagine your business card has an embedded code that when placed on a multi touch surface it might for example bring up content in your field of expertise or when you touch the photo and slide it to the other side of the screen to your partner that that it takes on the feel of a live organic image.

Windows 7 is certainly an important ground breaking introduction for the multi touch community and takes it main stream, however hardware and OS systems alone can not make multi touch persuasive for the masses. At least not until the software developer community gets behind multi touch in a big way and starts to create and deliver exciting new applications. For those in the programming community who catch on earlier will be the ones who get the head start.

There are a number of emerging players in the market that are starting and offering innovative touch experiences however iQRite believes we aint seen nothing yet as this technology starts to emerge from geeksville into mainstream.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage in New York Thursday to launch Windows 7. In a day of worldwide events, Ballmer took on the role of chief salesman hoping to convince consumers and business to migrate to the new operating system.

D6 (All Things Digital) Conference Windows 7 Multi Touch Demo
Julie Larson Green after the Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Chat with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

For those who have not had a chance to catch their breath yet here is a link covering a multitude of topics on the new Windows 7.

iQRite Division intends to be an enabler of innovative touch experiences and is keen to talk with collaborators world wide.

Join an exclusive opportunity to become a iQRite Touch Frame Distributor and Reseller. As we prepare to launch the unique iQRite Touch Frame expressions of interest are invited for both Country Distributors and Resellers or Dealers. This is a rare opportunity to participate in the growth of the single, dual and multi touch markets internationally. Securing an opportunity to align yourself with the iQRite brand and capture sales, secure your channel market and to build your distribution network in a number of vertical markets, only comes along once in a while.

Many PC distributors and resellers are counting on Multi Touch to become their next wave of sales as Windows 7 hits the street 22 October 2009. Exhibitors are counting on touch to give them that edge to their static displays. In store touch is becoming the persuasive way to allow customers to engage with cataloques and product information.

With the growing demand for touch screen in the classroom, desktop, digital signage, entertainment now it is the time to secure a position.

The savvy business owner understands that it is far more profitable to be a leader rather than a market follower and for those with a solid business, sound financials and a vision to grow, then iQRite touch frames become the vehicle to enhance your bottom line.

To be considered as a partner in the iQRite vision send an email or phone CTO Kevin Andreassend and share your passion for being a leader.

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About iQRite

iqritelogosm iQRite is the interactive brand from ICE AV Technology Ltd, a New Zealand based Interactive, Display and Simulation company. We ship and partner worldwide with end users and distributors.

The iQRite Touch Frame is the world’s first kitset touch frame designed for a wide range of applications and any surface or digital display technology. It is available in sizes from 10″ – 200″ size areas. The low profile frame bezel is only 11.5mm thick, universal outer frame attachments, modern styling, optional glass sheet panel and the USB plug n’ touch delivers simplicity and reliability not previously seen in single, dual and multi-touch technology.

iQRite Kitset Touch Frame

Touch is destined to become the next must have in computer hardware and in particular Multi Touch. iQRite Touch Frames enable display manufacturers, AV integrators, installation designers, retailers, home entertainment, shop window, essentially any where that people can interact with, control and manage digital content.

Currently we offer single touch capability up to 200″ dia (4m wide) and now on the cusp of launching 10 point multi-touch up to 52″ diagonal and 150″ dia for Q3 2010. This exciting capability for true multi-touch in a kit set format (1 minute assembly) the moment, will allow plug and play multi touch solutions to be setup without specialized knowledge on the Microsoft Windows platform.

This move towards multi-touch came to prominence with the Microsoft Surface and the profile Jeff Han achieved with his promotion of the multi-touch concept at his TED presentation where he wowed the audience …the single click barrier was gone for ever.

Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS with multi touch as a core functionality is destined to change once more how you interact with your computer. iQRite is here today with you allowing you to make any monitor or surface to be single, dual and multi touch compatible. Imagine making your monitor multi touch with intuitive ways of interacting with content, projected images, coffee tables that are redefined in their use.

We welcome inquiries and expressions of interest from software developers wishing to explore packaging, bundling, resale and licensing opportunities for their software applications.

About iQRite Interactive

iQRite Interactive is an independent division of ICE AV Technology Ltd, a privately held registered company in New Zealand. The focus of iQRite is to maximize the considerable opportunities within the emerging interactive industry world-wide.

For further information download the iQRite Touch Frame Brochure.

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