I'm preparing myself to explore the multi-touch potential of my HP TouchSmart PC with the beta version of Win7, Microsoft's newest operating system. While I was searching for information, I came across this cute video of a baby interacting with the touch-screen. The dad in the video is software developer Kurt Brockett.
The application is BabySmash, a free application created by Scott Hanselman for his little ones. If you are interested in learning more about how BabySmash was created, see Scott's 6-part tutorial, "Learning WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) with BabySmash". It includes information about incorporating speech synthesis into the application. The BabySmash! source code can be found on the CodePlex site. Ideas for improving the application can be found on the BabySmash! feedback forum.
I have lots of ideas for touch screen interaction applications for kids of all ages. Please leave a comment if you have a TouchSmart and working with Win7, or plan to do so in the future.