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Cruiser

Contact Person

Judy Kay
Judy Kay - judy.kay@sydney.edu.au

Judy aims to create personalised computing that is embedded throughout the environment to support people in the broad range of activities that are important to their lives.

Project Description

The Cruiser Framework is an efficient, extensible and reusable software framework for developing tabletop applications. The framework has been utilised to create a large number of applications, and is designed to operate independently of the hardware platform.

Cruiser is cross-platform, meaning that tabletop applications can be developed and run on the Windows, Mac OS X or Linux operating systems. This gives flexibility, both for development (a developer can use their choice of operating system) and for deployment. Supported hardware currently includes Mimio, SMART Board, Hitachi StarBoard, DiamondTouch, iNexio, CycloTouch, PQLabs. Cruiser also supports the TUIO protocol, a standard representation for hardware events that is now commonly used on a range of multi-touch hardware. Cruiser can also work with any hardware device that supports mouse emulation (no driver required).

Cruiser is designed to allow easy creation of plug-ins. These can enhance the existing functionality, or they can create entirely new functionality, either from scratch or by leveraging the existing functionality as building blocks. This flexibility enables creation of rich applications which reuse already written components. Cruiser is written in C++ and uses OpenGL for a highly responsive display.

Below is a video showcasing some of the research and applications developed with the Cruiser framework:

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Media Coverage

  • Smart Services CRC launch Cruiser Interactive company with connected surfaces software

    Cruiser provides users with the ability to engage customers in new ways, transforming the way they do business, and giving them the ability to collaborate digitally with teams.

  • CHAI goes VIVID

    As part of Vivid Sydney 2013, the Seymour Centre will showcase the best ideas from the brightest students and researchers in light and technology from The University of Sydney.The iconic 70s façade of the Seymour Centre will be illuminated in bold new ways by some of the most inventive

  • Connected Surfaces in Joyville

    The TableTop connected surface software was showcased by Kraft Foods as part of the opening of their high technology confectionery Centre of Excellence facility in Ringwood in February 2013. The new Kraft Centre of Excellence will utilise the latest available technologies from the Smart Services CRC as a way

  • Office has-beens replaced by wow factor

    There’s a big wow factor behind the technology, and people are notably engaged,

  • The classroom, but not as we know it: technology to revolutionise schools

    It’s the kind of futuristic technology familiar from sci-fi films, but touch screen tables, robot study buddies and 3D virtual learning environments could soon feature in the classroom. The high-tech developments were highlighted at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences at the University of Sydney, which focused on

  • CHAI Tabletop Featured at Science in the City

    Congratulations to Anthony Collins for organising the three day Science in the City tabletop demo – and to Chris Ackad, Andrew Clayphan, Paul Sztajer and Peter Ward for helping make it happen on the ground.

  • Students develop rival to Microsoft’s Surface

    A team at Sydney University wrote the Focus application, … Sydney University PhD student Anthony Collins developed the application over the past couple of years for his thesis, in conjunction with PhD student Trent Apted and computer human-adapted interaction head Professor Judy Kay. … Mr Collins said the focus

Related Publications

2016

An In-the-Wild Study of Learning to Brainstorm: Comparing Cards, Tabletops and  Wall Displays in the Classroom

Clayphan, Andrew; Martinez-Maldonado, Roberto; Tomitsch, Martin; Atkinson, Susan; Kay, Judy

An In-the-Wild Study of Learning to Brainstorm: Comparing Cards, Tabletops and Wall Displays in the Classroom Journal Article

Interacting with Computers, 28 (6), pp. 788-810, 2016.

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2014

Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy; Stewart, Cat; Fitzgerald, Emma; Ackad, Chris

System, method and computer program for interacting with data (Tabletop Multi-Page) Patent

US 2014/0101567 A1, 2014, (AU2011902368, WO2012171069A1).

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2013

Grace, Kazjon; Wasinger, Rainer; Ackad, Christopher; Collins, Anthony; Dawson, Oliver; Gluga, Richard; Kay, Judy; Tomitsch, Martin

Conveying Interactivity at an Interactive Public Information Display Inproceedings

The 2nd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2013, 2013.

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2012

Collins, Anthony; Clayphan, Andrew; Kay, Judy; Horder, Jenny

My Museum Tour: Collaborative Poster Creation During School Museum Visits Inproceedings

Educational Interfaces, Software, and Technology 2012: 3rd Workshop on UI Technologies and Educational Pedagogy, Austin, Texas, 2012.

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Clayphan, Andrew; Kay, Judy; Weinberger, Armin

Enhancing brainstorming through scripting at a tabletop Inproceedings

Educational Interfaces, Software, and Technology 2012: 3rd Workshop on UI Technologies and Educational Pedagogy, Austin, Texas, 2012.

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Hespanhol, Luke; Tomitsch, Martin; Grace, Kazjon; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Investigating Intuitiveness and Effectiveness of Gestures for Free Spatial Interaction with Large Displays Inproceedings

PerDis '12: Proceedings of the 2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, pp. 6:1–6:6, ACM, Porto, Portugal, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4503-1414-5.

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Apted, Trent; Bunton, James; Darke, Greg; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Systems and Methods for Collaborative Interaction Patent

US 2012/0110471 A2, 2012, (EP2304520A1, EP2304520A4, US20110239129, US20120331395, WO2009140723A1).

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2011

Clayphan, Andrew; Collins, Anthony; Ackad, Christopher James; Kummerfeld, Bob; Kay, Judy

Firestorm: a brainstorming application for collaborative group work at tabletops Technical Report

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney (678), 2011, ISBN: 9781742102078.

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Collins, Anthony; Ackad, Christopher James; Apted, Trent; Sztajer, Paul; Ward, Peter; Weng, Hanley; Kay, Judy

Core functionality and new applications for tabletops and interactive surfaces Inproceedings

UbiComp '11, 13th international conference on Ubiquitous computing, pp. 607–608, ACM Press, Beijing, China, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0630-0.

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Clayphan, Andrew; Collins, Anthony; Ackad, Christopher; Kummerfeld, Bob; Kay, Judy

Firestorm: A Brainstorming Application for Collaborative Group Work at Tabletops Inproceedings

ITS '11: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, pp. 162–171, ACM, Kobe, Japan, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4503-0871-7.

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2010

Collins, Anthony; Coche, Helene; Kuflik, Tsvi; Kay, Judy

Making the tabletop personal: employing user models to aid information retrieval Technical Report

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney (655), 2010, ISBN: 978-1-74210-192-7.

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Ackad, Christopher James; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Switch: Exploring the Design of Application and Configuration Switching at Tabletops Inproceedings

Proceedings of ITS '10: the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, pp. 95–104, ACM Press, New York, NY, USA, 2010.

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Ackad, Christopher James; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Switch: Exploring the Design of Application and Configuration Switching at Tabletops Technical Report

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney (654), 2010, ISBN: 978-1-74210-191-0.

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2009

Apted, Trent; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Heuristics to Support Design of New Software for Interaction at Tabletops Inproceedings

CHI '09 Workshop on Multitouch and Surface Computing, 2009.

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Ackad, Christopher James; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Moving Beyond the Tabletop as an Appliance Inproceedings

Adjunct Proceedings of ITS '09, the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 2009.

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Sprengart, Benjamin; Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Curator: A Design Environment for Curating Tabletop Museum Experiences Inproceedings

ITS '09 Demonstrations, the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 2009.

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2008

Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy

PhoTable: Enhancing the Social Interaction around the Sharing of Digital Photographs Inproceedings

CHI '08 workshop on Collocated social practices surrounding photos, 2008.

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Apted, Trent; Bunton, James; Darke, Greg; Kay, Judy; Kummerfeld, Bob

Systems & Methods for Collaborative Interaction Journal Article

(P77249.AU), 2008.

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Apted, Trent Heath

Cruiser and PhoTable: Exploring Tabletop User Interface Software for Digital Photograph Sharing and Story Capture PhD Thesis

School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, 2008.

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2007

Apted, Trent

A system and method for manipulating digital images on a computer display Patent

2007904927, 2007.

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Collins, Anthony; Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy

Tabletop File System Access: Associative and Hierarchical Approaches Inproceedings

TABLETOP '07: Proceedings of the Second Annual IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems, pp. 113–120, IEEE Computer Society, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 2007, ISBN: 0-7695-3013-3.

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Apted, Trent

An interface element for a computer interface Patent

2007904925, 2007.

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Apted, Trent

Systems and methods for remote file transfer Patent

2007904928, 2007.

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Apted, Trent

A system and method for capturing digital images Patent

2007904929, 2007.

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Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

Systems and methods for file transfer to a pervasive computing system Patent

2007231829, 2007.

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Collins, Anthony; Kay, Judy

A system, method and software application for the control of file transfer to a pervasive computing system Patent

US2009/0125508 A1, 2007.

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2006

Apted, Trent; Kay, Judy; Quigley, Aaron

Tabletop Sharing of Digital Photographs for the Elderly Inproceedings

CHI '06: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 781-790, ACM Press, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2006.

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