At IDEO we’re all about building to think. Learning from books and websites and product demos is cool, but we think the really good stuff comes when you get in there and start messing around for real.
In the case of multi-touch interfaces, that meant building a system we could start prototyping on. What we wanted was:
- a multi-touch display large enough to facilitate use by several people at once
- an API for flash that would let us quickly prototype multi-touch interfaces and applications
It took us about 5 weeks to get everything together. Kyle, one of our all-around gearheads, had already been building a drafting-table-style FTIR system in his garage which helped kick-start us.