Philip Tuddenham: T3 Tabletop Toolkit Rapid Prototyping of High-Resolution and Remote Tabletop Applications
Multi-person tabletop applications that require a high display resolution, such as collaborative web-browsing, are currently difficult to create. Tabletop systems for remote collaboration are also hard to build. As a consequence, investigation of some potentially beneficial tabletop applications has been rather limited.
T3 is a research-quality software toolkit that addresses these challenges. T3 enables researchers to create high-resolution multi-person tabletop applications rapidly for co-located or remote collaborators. It uses multiple tiled projectors to create a single seamless high-resolution tabletop display. Existing user interface components, including buttons and spreadsheets, can be used to create complex tabletop applications rapidly. Two tabletops can be connected together to support remote tabletop collaboration. This engineering is hidden behind a simple, flexible API.
T3 is freely available for non-commercial use, along with documentation and examples. At the time of writing, it has been used by five students in different projects at the University of Cambridge, and in a project at MIT. The photos illustrate my doctoral research, and work undertaken by undergraduate students that I have supervised.