Easy Multi-Touch Table

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 1.53.13 PM

[2bigbros] put up an Instructable on his multi-touch table build. It’s a nice setup, using the typical frustrated total internal reflection method for touch sensing. Tinkerman’s Method was used for the screen itself, which involves rolling silicon onto vellum with a paint roller to improve the bond. [2bigbros] then built a nice aluminum and wooden frame for the whole thing. He’s light on some details, but most people with a basic understanding and Google will be able to figure it out.

This is a very accessible project for most builders. If you’re interested in getting into it, there are plenty of projects to reference. We previously covered the basics, as well as a more involved build. We’ve even seen an interactive tower defense game using multi-touch. If you decide to build one of your own, don’t forget the excellent resource at TUIO for finding frameworks and example implementations.

[via Instructables]


  1. Will says:

    Nice build!
    I hate to nitpick, but in the first paragraph silicon should be silicone.

  2. wurstcase says:

    really old build and old techniqes used … instructions for something like this could be found about 4 years ago at nuigroup.com

  3. zibri says:

    As tipped by Zibri.

  4. Mosquito says:

    I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a while, just the money and time haven’t lined up yet… not to mention what am I going to do with it once it’s done? lol

    • Tim says:

      Exactly, and how big do I go with it? Something the size of a desk or coffee table seems like the size to go with to get beyond what a 10″ tablet will satisfy. I think he should have gone bigger but may have been limited by budget or where he was going to put it.

      • Mosquito says:

        The other issue that I’ve been running into with trying to figure out what I want to do (in terms of size) is the massive increase in projector cost for short throw, and the increased distance from projector to table top that is required for a larger surface. Unless you can manage multiple refraction with a projector with super short throw, it would have to increase in height as well.

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