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It will cost you $370+ to get started between the software and the necessary Kinect for Windows sensor

Ubi Interactive -- not to be confused with French game publisher Ubisoft Entertainment SA (EPA:UBI) -- has risen fast to prominence.  From an incubator project sponsored by the Technical University of Munich and the Center for Digital Technology and Management in Munich, Germany to a thriving Seattle area startup, the company has taken its bold vision of turning any surface into a touch device and has run with it.

Now it's finally gone from tech demo to the market, releasing its first software offerings.

The software in its cheaper forms is simple one-point touch, while in the more expensive forms supports multitouch.  To use it you must purchase a Kinect sensor from Ubi's partner Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and have a digital projector.  The Ubi software works with the Kinect for Windows sensor and the projector to "see" the user interacting with the projecting display.

This allows you to interact with your computer during presentations and demonstrations.  It's sort of like a poor man's Minority Report touch-driven controls system.

The pricing for various offerings is seen below (again this does not include the cost of the Kinect for Windows sensor ($219.99 USD, currently) or the projector (varies):

Ubi prices

Ubi allows you to use your software indefinitely, but only offers updates for one year, so enterprise clients may feel compelled to pay a yearly fee to get ongoing support.

CEO Anup Chathoth plugs his company's technology in a blog post, stating, "We want human collaboration and information to be just one finger touch away, no matter where you are.  By making it possible to turn any surface into a touch screen, we eliminate the need for screen hardware and thereby reduce the cost and extend the possibilities of enabling interactive displays in places where they were not previously feasible -- such as on walls in public spaces."
Ubi product

While Ubi is certainly one of the highest profile software/firmware applications developed by a third party for the Kinect, Microsoft's device -- which comes with an open SDK -- is becoming a popular research tool for all sorts of algorithms and motion tracking research.

Sources: Ubi [1], [2], YouTube

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By flyingpants1 on 8/15/2013 11:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
Just not really for consumers. Good job though!

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Barrier to Entry
By nomagic on 8/16/2013 12:51:05 AM , Rating: 2
The barrier to entry for this market is quite low with the Kinect sensor being readily available. Given that the market is large enough and margins are high, I would expect fierce competition in the near future.

Already has competition
By PaulDooh on 8/16/2013 2:16:58 AM , Rating: 2
This already exists and has been around for some time.

Its actually cheaper, has 128 touch points, supports surfaces over 200" and works with the kinect and OpenNI devices (cheaper than the kinect). Http://
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