Last week, I was fortunate to know about and attend an open house event held at InterKnowlogy, a software development company that creates innovative custom touchscreen business apps.
After entering and picking up my name badge, I was given this card so that I could check out all the devices they had to demo.
One of the first things I looked at was originally called the “Surface 2” but one of the “InterKnowlogists” told me that Microsoft wanted to use the Surface designation for its tablets so now this is called “PixelSense.” I was also told that this particular device is capable of sensing 52 touches and has the ability to sense what direction your finger is pointing at unlike most all of touchscreen devices out now which cannot. The application you see here showcases the use of a virtual heart and lets you rotate it, draw stents and take notes on procedures.
On the wall in the same room they displayed the Kinect for Windows. They had three demos to mess with. There wasn’t anything really new to me here as I’ve already seen many interesting uses for Kinect such as gaming on the Xbox and also its use controlling robots.
In the commons room down the hall, they displayed the Surface 1. Unlike the Surface 2, this device uses projectors for the images instead of LCD. This device is huge and takes up space all the way to the floor instead of being just a tabletop screen like the Surface 2. The app shown here is a custom T-shirt design app created for Hot Topic which I believe is already being used in stores.
Virtual heart app, this time on the Surface 1.
This app is basically a virtual warehouse inventory app. You can scan through the isles without having to leave the table.
Back in one of the conference rooms was this FlatFrog Touchscreen. I didn’t really notice anything note-worthy about this device other than being a smooth running touchscreen. The application shown was created for political conventions. It gives interactive history about past elections.
When the employees at InterKnowlogy need to take a break and want to doodle on something, they have a whiteboard in the commons room to let out some creativity. Not much seems to get erased. I did ask someone if they are involved with the interactive whiteboard technology that I have heard about lately but I was told that those whiteboards use a different technology that has more to do with infrared sensing or something of that sort so as of yet they don’t work with those devices.
They had a couple of Windows 8 tablets on display.
This is one third of the shelves in the commons room. As you can see there are lots of programming books. I asked a couple of developers about what programing languages they deal with the most and I was generally told C# and XNA.
The view off the balcony. I thought it was pretty neat having a nice windy road next to it and not tons of traffic and street noises from having to be located in a downtown city area. InterKnowlogy is located in Carlsbad on Faraday Ave.
For an event that I felt I was “crashing” due to not being a business partner, family, or friend, I was really glad that I made the attempt to go. Oddly enough, there were several people from CSUSM. I ran into an alumni whom I knew and several faculty members. I even met Sharon Lightner, the new Dean of CoBA not realizing who she was until I saw her name tag(I have never seen her before).
I really enjoyed this event as there were plenty of things to do. I was able to learn about the new technology being used today and the environment of the people who work behind the scenes. I hope to find and attend more of these events in the future and, of course, share with you guys my experiences.