11 August 2009
Natural User Interface releases major Snowflake Suite upgrade
Natural User Interface Technologies AB (NUITech) has released a major upgrade for its award recognized multi-touch software product Snowflake Suite.
The latest version 1.6, is the most significant upgrade to Snowflake Suite, since its introduction as one of the first multi-touch software products in the market.
The major changes include amongst others a total revamp of the calibration module for rear camera based solutions, a complete new multi-touch puzzle application, code optimizations allowing for doubled speed performance, support for a multitude of cameras and multiple NextWindow screens.
Furthermore, a solution is integrated for rear camera based solutions, to under catch uneven lighting for DI (Diffused Illumination) setups.
Also the delivered API allows third party companies to connect their own developed multi-touch applications to Snowflake's Touch Core vision tracking software and allows the Snowflake Suite applications to run on other hardware technology platforms and vision tracking software.
In addition to the general improvements and fixes, the new upgrade comes with a new look and feel.
Snowflake Suite is available for rear camera based multi-touch solutions (walls, tables and kiosks) as well as NextWindow. The NextWindow solution allow the users to run the multi-touch applications on the HP TouchSmart IQ500, IQ770, IQ800 series and Dell Studio One 19 PC. Shortly, Snowflake will be introduced to the N-trig platform making it accessible to the HP TouchSmart TX2 and Dell Latitude XT and XT2.
An evaluation download is made available for the NextWindow platform and can be found on the NUITech website.
Snowflake is worlwide on all continents being used in a wide variety of industries covering Public Spaces, Education, Entertainment, Exhibition/Events, Military, Real Estate, Museums, Retail -stores and shopping windows, Interactive advertisement and Digital signage.
Natural User Interface's software product Snowflake Suite, which received a Stevie Awards finalist recognition for Best New Product or Service of the Year 2009 - Media & Entertainment, is available to end clients, software developers, VAR's and OEM's. The software operates on a wide variety of hardware technology platforms like rear camera based solutions, IR overlay systems, capacitive, resistive and other touch technologies for small hand held mobile devices and larger scale interactive displays.
Several Flash video tutorials and code examples will be made available shortly, explaining how to use Adobe's Flash and Action script together with Snowflake.
Snowflake Suite's SDK will be available by the end of the year enabling end-users to develop their own multi-touch applications.
NUITech's CEO Harry van der Veen commented on the major new release of snowflake, "We are proud of the Snowflake Suite 1.6 release. It is better, faster and easier to use. As usual we have worked very closely together with our clients and partners to improve the software, by integrating their feedback. As we seeit, listening to your clients and partners is trivial to the success of your product and your company. One of the strong assets of the software is that the content is very open (not open source!), meaning that the end user or the partner can easily change the content himself, therefore being more time and cost efficient. Users can replace the standard by NUITech provided images, videos, 3d models, backgrounds and logo's, with their own. So they basically decide their own look and feel or theme, making the software really unique in that way. This allows each company to have their own branded multi-touch software solution, so it is very flexible, as it is customizable."
Terry Gibbs, Business Development Manager of UK based Arcstream, one of NUITech's OEM partners and alpha tester of the pre release of 1.6 commented: "We have been partnering with NUITech and using Snowflake for nine months now and it gets better with each release. This latest version is a big leap forward, improving the set-up process with excellent accuracy and much faster operation. This all helps to make our touch tables a joy to use and meet our customers expectations of how a natural user interface should intuitively work. "
About Natural User Interface
Natural User Interface Technologies AB is a Swedish innovative emerging technology company specializing in delivering commercially available advanced multi-touch software, hardware and service solutions, to a wide variety of industries across the globe, from corporate organizations to governmental institutes. Natural User Interface is a privately funded, fast growing corporation, supported by a venture capitalist, with its headquarter and Innovation center in Skelleftea (Sweden), additional Software Development operations in Poland and an office in Singapore.
Natural User Interface's vision is to change the way people interact with computers, through the mission of making the interface between users and technology more natural. For more information, see http://www.natural-ui.com