U of M Researchers Develop Multi-User Table Top Software

By Brian Schultz

Computer scientists at the University of Manitoba have developed multi-user table top computer software that will one day be used in the classroom.

Called “See You, See Me,” the tablets enable computers to distinguish between user touches with near-perfect accuracy, so multiple hands can work away on a tablet screen at the same time. It uses the finger orientation extracted from the user’s hand’s shadow to determine where people are and to keep track of who is doing what to the screen.

Scientists in the U of M’s Human-Computer Interaction laboratory are the first to develop the software, which is a boon to computer makers like Microsoft.

One of the four graduate students who helped with the project, Hong Zhang, will present the research at one of the field’s premiere scientific conference in April in Austin, Texas. The research was done by touch-interface researcher Pourang Irani, an associate professor of computer science who developed the Lens Mouse.

— With files from the University of Manitoba