Move over Microsoft Surface, here come Cubit, an open source multi touch table. It is being touted as the open source version of Microsoft's much hyped multi touch device, Surface. However, it is more of a scaled down version of Surface than a replacement for it. The Cubit is developed by the engineers in Eyebeam, an art and technology center based in New York.
While the Microsoft Surface costs a wooping $10,000, it is reported that the Cubit will cost between $500-$1000. Cubit works in pretty much the same principle as the Surface. However a notable difference is that while Surface uses five cameras, Cubit uses just one. If this affect the performance is not known.
The whole of Cubit's hardware schematics and software source codes are open source, which will help other developers.
So, go ahead download the schematics and the softwares from the Cubit site and build yourself a multi-touch table.