20 Foot Virtual Canvas

UIC Graduate College Image of Research 2011, Honorable Mention

Timeframe: Summer 2010 - April 2012



The virtual canvas is the first application developed specifically for a 20-foot multi-touch wall constructed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 18 LCD displays are tiled to create a 8160x2304 resolution screen. The core touch painting mechanic was based on a testing application I developed to evaluate the 20 foot PQLabs multi-touch overlay on the display. This was the largest multi-touch overlay developed by PQLabs at the time. After months of working with PQLabs to improve the responsiveness and precision of this unique touch overlay, Karan Chakrapani, Philip Pilosi, JD Pirtle, Todd Silvia, and I began development of the Virtual Canvas under the direction of Dr. Jason Leigh.

20 Foot Virtual Canvas

In the News

UIC Graduate College Image of Research 2011, Honorable Mention


Researchers paint on 20-foot electronic canvas

by Marcella McCarthy, 
Medill Reports Chicago, Northwestern University


Art meets science, and there's no time to watch paint dry

Paul Francuch, UIC NEWS

EVL's Paint Program a major success at SIGGRAPH 2011