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SynergyNet code has moved and new version with v3.1

As Google Code is no more, the SynergyNet code has moved to a new home on GitHub – see links on the right. Many thanks to James for moving the code. James has also added SynergyNet v3.1 which is a newer version of the framework with a simplified code structure.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on SynergyNet code has moved and new version with v3.1

Moving on from SynergyNet

After more than four years the SynergyNet project has come to an end. We’ve learned a huge amount about how learners use multi-touch tables, and about building a multi-touch enabled classroom – thank you to all those who participated in our studies!

We will continue to publish work from this study over the coming months – and will continue to update the publications page.

The work will continue in a number of directions:

To get in touch – see the about us page for updated contact information; for media use of images from this website, please contact Emma Mercier.

Saturday, July 6th, 2013 Uncategorized Comments Off on Moving on from SynergyNet

New Publication

The SynergyNet team’s newest publication focuses on computer science aspects of the project:

Richardson, T., Burd, L. & Smith, S. (2013) Guidelines for supporting real-time multi-touch applications. Journal of Software: Practice and Experience. DOI: 10.1002/spe.2183

Abstract:

Multi-touch driven user interfaces are becoming increasingly prevalent because of their intuitiveness and because of the reduction in the associated hardware costs. In recognition of this trend, multi-touch software frameworks (MSFs) have begun to emerge. These frameworks abstract the low level issues of multi-touch software development and deployment. MSFs therefore enable software developers who are unfamiliar with the complexities of multi-touch software development to implement and deploy multi-touch applications more easily. However, some multi-touch applications have real-time system requirements, and at present, no MSFs provide support for the development and deployment of such real-time multi-touch applications. The implication of this is that software developers are unable to take advantage of MSFs and, therefore, are forced to handle the complexities of multi-touch and real-time systems development and deployment for themselves in an ad hoc manner. The primary consequence of this is that the multi-touch and/or real-time aspects of the application may not function correctly. In this paper, guidelines are presented for applying real-time system concepts to support the development and deployment of real-time multi-touch applications using MSFs. This serves to increase the probability that the application will meet its timing requirements while also reducing the complexity of the development and deployment process associated with multi-touch applications.

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SynergyNet at the Royal Society

As part of the recent TEL event on the 6th of November, SynergyNet was showcased at the Royal Society in London. The showcase ran for several hours and allowed 100s of attendees at the event to have a go at using the SynergyNet system.  The display made use of two Samsung SUR40 tables, a SMART 800 series board (kindly rented to us), a Samsung Slate tablet, an iPad and a Microsoft Kinect.  As part of the showcase attendees had a chance to try out our NumberNet application, flick photos of our work between the tables and see our SynergyView annotation software in action displaying footage from our lab.  Updates containing footage, images and outcomes from the event will soon appear on the TEL website.

SynergyNet is also discussed in the new TEL film: Inventing the Future of Learning.

SynergyNet at the Royal Society

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SynergyNet at ICLS

Dr Emma Mercier will be at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences in Sydney in July, presenting on our recent work:

Mercier, E., McNaughton, J., Higgins, S. & Burd, E. (2012) Orchestrating Learning in the Multi-touch Classroom: Developing Appropriate Tools. In M. Evans (chair) Interactive Surfaces and Spaces: A Learning Sciences Agenda. van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.) The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Abstracts.

Mercier, E., Higgins, S., Burd, E. & Joyce-Gibbons, A. (2012) Multi-Touch Technology to Support Multiple Levels of Collaborative Learning in the Classroom. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.) The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Abstracts.

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SynergyView made available

The video analysis tool developed as part of the SynergyNet project, called SynergyView, has been made available.

Downloads of the tool and instructions for its use can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/synergyview/

An example of SynergyView in use

An example of SynergyView in use

If you’re interested in developing with SynergyView read this article.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 Uncategorized Comments Off on SynergyView made available

Networked Content

Since its inception, the SynergyNet content management system has supported networked content. The practical application of this is readily seen in the following video by James McNaughton. It shows two tables running side by side with content items being transferred by ‘flicking’ or ‘throwing’ towards the edge closest to the other table:

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 Uncategorized Comments Off on Networked Content

Replicating Tables

Here’s a sneak preview of our ability to replicate student tables onto the teacher console. Each view of the student’s table is, of course, a multi-touch element that can be moved, rotated, etc. Iyad has plans to do something quite amazing in the next iteration… stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Replicating Tables

Links

  • SynergyNet on GitHub
  • SynergyNet on Youtube
  • SynergyView on GitHub

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