Touch table specifications

Different machines for software development and deployment are being built and used at different locations.

Software List

Workshop at ToScA symposium (Summer 2017) is planned: how to do slide shows and videos that looped (as well as of course full 3D interactive volume vis) in the open source Drishti-Prayog system.


1. New short set of tutorials (yes short - meant to take 5-10 mins max each)

2. Software download of drishti is at: for different versions

3. This is the main software package for the touchscreen version:

4. If you have some spare-time the Ajay YouTube channel is at:

Document List:


There have been many events since Spring 2015, so here is a gallery of use cases. List is from a CSD seminar on 11 August 2016 at RAL,


Hardware: University of Manchester - ICAM node

They use: Alienware X51 R2 Standard Base: Windows 8.1. 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz, AMD Radeon R9 270 with 2GB GDDR5. 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4790 processor (4-cores 8MB cache, up to 4.0GHz w/Intel Turbo Boost) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s

First version was taken to the Cheltenham Science Festival and then the RAL RCaH open days.

1. In conferences and festivals we have used the system without a kiosk box so just a touch screen from Dell on the table with a hidden small PC.

a. Small PC means all the items can be carried on a large backpack and box for the screen.


We also took it to the EMiT conference in 2015


2. For cheapness and not worrying about components and weight; we do suggest a cheap small PC with a good graphics card. If using Drishti-Prayog software can:

a. specify the quality level that will be transferred to the card so really high spec cards are not necessary. Increases responsiveness to controls as well (as long as not loosing quality of visuals).

b. can ignore the number of cores and RAM memory as this is not a major issue.

3. Idea of kiosk is so less items are exposed for small fingers; and importantly can be left in a foyer/reception area on its own without intervention. New version installed within an installed Kiosk taken to ToScA and new open days for SEAES at Manchester.



Hardware: STFC Daresbury Labs

We inherited a microsoft style touchtable: Upgraded the graphics card within the original desk system and works fine.


Harware: Manchester Museum - ICAL building node

Mainly for content creation and analysis the ICAL have a suystem to help found new indiustrial links with HIP projects. Contacts: Brian O'Driscoll, Russell Garwood, Roy.Wogelius


Hardware: New nodes: at AVF, DLS and ISIS are planned.

This to be filled in.

Hardware: Manchester 2016 Festivals from MRI studies

Includes new nodes: with, "Iiyama T2735MSC 27-inch Multi-touch 16:9 Edge-to-Edge Glass Tilt TFT monitor" with a recommended: Alienware machine

Hardware: Manchester 2017 Research IT

New touchtable is being purchased and available for use and loan. Details to come.

Action Items for Summer - Winter 2016-2017

Workshop at ToScA symposiun: how to do slide shows and videos that looped (as well as of course full 3D interactive volume vis) in the Prayog system that is open source. List of tasks for this internship:

Five point plan:

  1. Update the Drishti and Prayog guide with a focus on ISIS / DLS datasets. This is from data import to Prayog output (AVF) – create recommendations of subsampling etc.
    1. look into video-casting / recording for youtube certain complex parts. Feedback needs to involve Mark Basham (and his users) (DLS) and Winfried Kockelman (and his users) (ISIS)
    2. Include a final step of uploading to the CCPi youtube channel with appropriate intro video snippets.
  2. An emphasis for the guide is to describe a system for datasets captured from DLS: (including how to transfer the metadata [resolution of a voxel]). Then consider the dataflow for datasets from ISIS and from SCD computation
    1. add branding logos for ISIS/DLS/SCD Involve from SCD to review quality etc.
  3. Two Outreach Items have fixed deadlines: there are two exhibitions; 1. SC2016 Nov 2016 – Pete Oliver (only 2D and not touchscreen) and 2. ToScA – 5-7 Sep 2016: - Martin Turner (touchscreen)
  4. Programming issues – specifically for the Drisht systemi:
    1. Simplest level - Batchmode for ISIS data and DLS data etc to automatically create a set (say three or four?) jpeg images and a rotating video - Consider how this may be incorporated with the dataflow framework being developed by Sri
    2. Complex: download source code of Drishti and consider how to modify the code - Automated transfer function creation from the 2D histogram - Change the interactive 2D histogram to say create gradients in a specific direction.
    3. Intermediate mode – for ‘fun’: - Look at adding new input devices: this is purely from past python wrapper/driver work. Martin Turner to forward previous report and python code.
  5. Short report on what development, possible to Drishti, would make the next “wow” result and achievable in a (say) six month project. This could be programming/scripting or integration with new hardware (input/output).
    1. What other objects could be scanned (eg cricket ball; new; after 20 overs; after 40 overs etc…)

-- MartinTurner - 03 Mar 2015

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