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name this multitouch?

Jun 08 2009 | 7:12 am

i know this isnt about max but it is pretty relatable.

what is the name of the mutlitouch in this picture?

i have looked all over and found nothing. i remember create digital music doing a story on it but i cant find that either.

it looks so cool. its even usb

Jun 08 2009 | 7:19 am

The men in the picture are Peter Nyboer and Tim Thompson, and I believe the controller you’re talking about is Tim’s. It might be poor style to put his email here on a list, but I’ll tell him you asked the question.

Jun 08 2009 | 5:03 pm

yes, the san jose based "share" wesite shares very little information

Jun 11 2009 | 1:57 am

That picture doesn’t actually show the multitouch controller that I use – it’s hidden by the large (normal) monitor with the blue background. The multitouch pads I use within various custom controllers are Fingerworks iGesture pads, additional details/pictures showing how I’ve used them in the past and recently can be found at these links:

Fingerworks got bought by Apple to help them do the multitouch in the iphone, so the pads are no longer sold, though you can occasionally find iGesture pads on ebay for around $400. The interface is USB, and the driver still works on Windows (including Windows 7), with a C library that works extremely well and provides lots of details including the area of each fingertip touching the pad. The responsiveness and resolution of those pads is incredible, when you access them properly. The much-larger-than-the-iphone surface makes it much more pleasant to use in a finger-painting-like and expressive fashion. Better and cheaper devices will hopefully soon be widespread due to windows 7 support for multitouch.

This year, I’m using two (or more, possibly) iGesture pads in the interactive interface of a large installation I’m building for burning man.


Jun 11 2009 | 2:05 am

Hi Black Peacock,

Sorry to be dense, but I’m not actually sure which object in the picture is a multitouch… which device are you talking about?


Jun 11 2009 | 8:18 am
BlueCycle wrote on Wed, 10 June 2009 19:57
so the pads are no longer sold

iGesture looks great.
Are you aware of some available equivalent products?
Any other large multitouch pads manufacturer?


Jul 21 2009 | 3:31 am

Not sure if it’s what you might be looking for, but my company sells multi-touch hardware, which I run with max msp.

you can check it out at

or a video at


Oct 19 2010 | 9:21 am

Hi Jon, doesn’t seem to work anymore.
Is your company still up and selling multi-touch hardware?


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