Big Brains and Multi-Touch Tables

BrucebrainI’ve got my share of friends who I think of as “big brains suspended in something” (where the typical instantiation is human form, but I often imagine them as something else.)

My friend Bruce Wyman – the Director of Technology at the Denver Art Museum fits nicely into this slot in my brain.  Bruce has done some amazing things by himself – or with his very small team – during his time at the Denver Art Museum. 

Whenever we get together, we often rap about stuff like Human Computer Interaction, one of my current investment themes.  Fortunately, Bruce is not all talk – he actually goes out and builds stuff – often from scratch.  Take a look at his Touch of the Brush Tables currently on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of the Inspiring Impressionism exhibit that is coming to Denver in a few months.

Note the hardware and hacker-like setup – combined with a Mac and a bunch of magic special software that Bruce and his gang put together.

  • Bruce Wyman

    “Note the hardware and hacker-like setup”

    I swear to god, for the life of me, no matter how hard I try, I cannot do neat and tidy cabling.

    I’d also be remiss if I didn’t add that much of what we’ve done at the museum has been made possible with the help of Aubrey Francois, programmer extraordinaire. It’s easy for me to wave my arms around and dream, he actually makes the hackery work.

    Oh, and details galore about the multi-touch project coming within the next 24 hours at our project page.

  • That is very cool. I wonder if other art museums will will adapt this technology?