TouchKit Spark released


NOR_/D has just released their newest multitouch display system. The TouchKit Spark features a larger 35.4x23inch display surface than its predecessor, the Run. It uses ultrabright IR LEDs around the screen’s border for FTIR multitouch sensing. A high frame per second IR camera is included to increase tracking performance. The screen is fully assembled, but you need to provide your own projector and case. It can be built at table height or as low as 20inches. The device is designed to work with OpenFrameworks, but future software releases will have TUIO support.


  1. anon says:


  2. grovenstien says:

    This will work with any optical multitouch system not just openframeworks tracking soft! There are a multitude of freeware blob trackers out there and playstation eye cameras can be modded easy to work with FTIR, LLP, Rear DI.

  3. $$ says:

    For that price, you think they could include a projector!

    Build your own for less than a 1/10th of the cost of this system.

  4. fat says:

    this is totally awesome.

  5. Skuhl says:

    I agree with $$, a bit steep for a part.I would be curious as to how many they actually sell at that price. I just assume build myself.

  6. barry99705 says:

    holy crap!! I was thinking a couple hundred bucks, not a couple thousand!

  7. mkeyFinn says:

    seems to m they are charging thousands of dollars for about 60-70 dollars worth of materiel, instructions and code can be found all over the net, and its just two accrylic sheets sanwiching ir leds and a translucent sheet, seems a little ridiculous to me.

  8. St.Jimmy says:

    $$: While that may be true for you, many people (such as myself) don’t have access to the equipment to build one of these, let alone with such quality.

  9. fat says:

    actually the specific material they are using, just for the back piece cost a few hundred dollars and the camera again is a few hundred and the time to cut the pieces cost money (unless you have a laser cutter, but then you’re looking at a 10k piece of machine)

    I tried to DIY, it cost a lot more then you’d think.

  10. bolke says:

    diy is cheap (relative).
    for about 250 dollar’s you’ll have all the items needed, and no need for a laser cutter.
    a bit of electronics, woodworking en patience and you’ll have a good solid table for a whole lot less.
    a projector goes for about 400 dollars here (netherlands), a simple wooden table to use as a base is 50 dollars (IKEA :P). that makes a grand total of about 650 dollar. that’s a complete table.
    software comes from the almighty internet or the guy behind the keyboard. or from the touchkit site, as their code is free (see faq).
    so that’s 4 complete tables for the price of 1 expensive touckit.

  11. bolke says:

    or 700 dollar per table … damned math …

  12. Minalth says:

    But… FTIR = Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.

  13. caleb kraft says:

    ftir= frustrated total internal reflection

  14. grovenstien says:

    If you want to build a multitouch table get over to NUI group!

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