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D-Touch Technological Probe (pt1)

03/11/2009

As constructive and interesting as the D-Touch was, it proved to have its issues. In most cases, some severe issues.

Issues encountered with the program were the following:

Operating on MAC system

  • Adjustments to lighting, contrast and quality of web-cam footage
  • Previous versions of D-Touch had been reported as having use with external web cameras and it being fixed with the latest version…unfortunately we proved this wrong
  • Tested with a Mac based web cam = Failed
  • Borrowed Logi-Tech cam from uni = Failed
  • Inbuilt webcam in MAC monitor = Success (yet awkward to work with)
  • Program still has its bugs
  • The angle of the lighting on the D-Touch layouts needed to be exact or else the glyphs would not be picked up by the scanner. This proved difficult as we either over lit some sections or we did not have the right equipment to light the sheet properly.
  • Scanner responds to the depth at which the glyphs are at, so having the glyphs on tape or blue tack made a difference.

Operating on PC system:

  • When reading the camera(s), operating system just crashes. “Blue screen of death”
  • P.C. in general has issues with D-Touch  due to their graphics cards (as attempted on more than 3 different PC computers)

Questions and Outcomes at the end of the day:

  • Would having a glyph up right ways or up side down make a difference on how the D-Touch would respond to the glyph sheets?
  • Will D-Touch still be applied as a component in exhibition? Unfortunately, due to how sensitive it is, this will highly be unlikely.
  • Will Glyph sheets still be applied in final boxed outcome? Yes they will as it’s still a product that works and is it’s still a prime example of co-creation within New Technologies (we’re supplying beats for people to add onto)

Photos of the day and set up:

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Mac External web-cam = Failed

 

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Logi-Tech web-cam = Failed

 

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MAC in-built web-cam = Success…kind of

More photos of the session on the way.

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