Lemur Touchscreens Leaving the Factory

For those of you not on the Cycling `74 mailing list, the future is now: the Lemur touchscreens are on their way. So if you thought this would never be a real product, think again. Cycling tells us that the new machines “are out of the factory” and after final testing will be in San Francisco in another couple of weeks. That’s an actual production Lemur pictured. This also means “touching sessions” are coming soon, and really, who wouldn’t look forward to that? (Makes the Acid Tests with their Buchlas seem tame by comparison.) See Lee Sherman’s coverage of Cycling’s …

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TactaPad Touch Interface for Mac

The TactaPad is just a concept model, not in production, and I’m not even sure the movies are real, but it’s an interesting idea nonetheless. (Thanks to Chris O’Shea for the tip!) The idea is, you touch a tactile surface with your hands, and a camera maps an image of your hands onto the screen for additional visual feedback. The hardware would be compatible with existing Mac applications (see a demo video of GarageBand), though you’d of course need custom software for multi-touch capabilities. I think it’s clear that this is the direction interfaces will ultimately go. Mice work, yes, …

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Cycling `74 Shows Lemur Programmable Touchscreen

Cycling ‘74 offered a glimpse into digital music’s future last night at the San Francisco Apple Store, with one of the first public appearances of the JazzMutant Lemur programmable touchscreen controller working in concert with its software editor. Unlike conventional touchscreen tablets, the Lemur can support multiple simultaneous finger taps, making it, at least theoretically, possible to even play piano on the thing. Product Specialist Gregory Taylor showed how easy it is to create customized control surfaces merely by dragging intelligent user interface objects onto a layout of the Lemur’s screen. The software ships with some 16 of these widgets, …

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Lemur Touchscreen Live in NYC, CDM Returns Tuesday

Yes, I fell off the face of the earth after Tuesday's NAMM update, but CDM will be back to its normal broadcast schedule Tuesday February 1. But if you're in NYC Sunday, you'll have a great way to pass the time: Lemur touchscreen comes to NYC! Share, the weekly Manhattan portable computer music/video jam now at Subtonic, has an incredible lineup for this Sunday 1/31: David Last is upstairs ($8 admission) at Tonic for a CD release party, while downstairs Share will embark in its new home. The Share folks tell us: "Guillaume Largillier (co-inventor of LEMUR) & Franck Stofer …

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Lemur Music Touchscreen: Software

The Lemur interactive digital touchscreen for music and multimedia is moving closer to production, and some of the technical details are becoming clearer. First, the hardware is looking a little more finished (check out the new black color), and we're seeing new screenshots of the editor software (pictured). Check out US distributor Cycling 74's site for more information. Incidentally, if you're going to be in NYC on Sunday January 30, I'm looking for someone to go to Share to check it out in person and let CDM's readers know how it goes (I'll still be at the Yaddo colony); contact …

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Cycling `74 Will Sell Lemur Touchscreen

CDM has reported on the Star Trek-esque touchscreen interface Lemur before, and developer Jazz Mutant told CDM in the fall they expected to ship the unit this year. They've found a distributor: Cycling `74 will sell Jazz Mutant's Lemur for US$2495 (projected), with the first units expected in April 2005. The Lemur is a touchscreen LCD for controlling audio and multimedia programs: using an included editor for Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows, you can create your own on-screen interfaces with faders, knobs, and the like, and control them with your finger. The Lemur works with OSC, not MIDI, for …

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Touchscreen Music Controller Reveals Star Trek-like Future

Weren't those touchpad controllers great on Star Trek? Every control was projected from behind, so controls could change flexibly based on what you were doing, and everything could be manipulated by touch. Guess what? Star Trek-like control has arrived for music. Witness Lemur, a digital touchscreen controller for music and VJ applications. Customize your touchscreen surface using editing software for Windows, Linux, and Mac, then use the Lemur to control OSC-compliant apps like Max/MSP and the free Pd (Pure Data). But you'll never see this experimental French device in the US, right? Au contraire, says JazzMutant's Guillaume Largillier: "We're manufacturing …

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