portfolio A selection of Philip van Allen's projects
Acura Oracles, round multitouch table
TheÂ Acura Oracle project was initiated by MDP alumniÂ Nikolai Cornell atÂ George P. Johnson for theÂ Acura stand at theÂ international auto shows (including Detroit, Chicago, New York, and LA) for the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 exhibitions. It’s a 4 foot round multitouch table that enables a social experience for a group of people.
I participated as a consultant in the initial creative brainstorming and technical definition. I brought in Moto Development to create the multi-touch technology and optics, coordinated Moto with the creative team, advised on interaction design issues, and developed test projects and tools exploring different interaction possibilities. In the summer of 2007 GPJ loaned an Oracle for use in my class, and student Jonathan Jarvis made demos that became the design basis for the second version that was at the 2008 auto shows.
Video after the break
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One of the Oracles has beenÂ permanently donated to the MDP
See also a page put up byÂ Bill Buxton, one of the original people to implement multi-touch systems back in the ’80s.