April 22, 2014
TORONTO, ON—An app that can turn any surface into a tap-sensitive interface was named Top App at the University of Toronto’s 2014 Mobile App Lab Demo Night. The win comes with $1,000 in prize money.
Amin Heidari demonstrated the XTouch app to a crowd of industry representatives, professors and students, including three judges: Darrell Etherington from TechCrunch, Lenny Freilich from Ontario Centres of Excellence and Arshia Tabrizi, technology lawyer and founder of the social video platform Vidoyen.
“Two taps in different spots act as two different buttons on the table,” said Heidari. “XTouch extends the tactile environment beyond the surface of that mobile device.”
XTouch technology is already in use in two games available on the App Store, with more coming soon.
Ten apps, carefully selected from more than 100 developed over the past year, did battle Thursday night for the title Top App. When the dust settled and the judges weighed in, the top six teams were separated by less than one point.
The runner-up app, called Surgical Trainer and Navigator, or STAN, helps surgeons in training get empirical feedback about their proficiency in the operating room by tracking hand motions during surgery.
“This competition was fierce,” said Professor Parham Aarabi, one of the event’s hosts, alongside Professor Jonathan Rose. “I think you’ll hear more from these teams and the Mobile App Lab in the near future—the potential of mobile is just beginning to be realized, but there’s much more to come.”
See a video of XTouch in action: http://xtouch.io
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