Genesis of the project
The Reactable was the first big project developed by this team, which at this time was integrated by Sergi Jordà, Günter Geiger, Martin Kaltenbrunner and Marcos Alonso. The project started in February 2003, with the ambitious goal of developing the best computer-based musical instrument we could imagine, without being necessarily constrained by any predefined technology. In that sense, the Reactable really started from a concept, and not from a technology. First we decided what to do, and later we discovered how to do it. The completion of all the technologies needed for the correct conclusion of the project (such as the tracking system reacTIVision), came luckily all along the Reactable's development process (the starting ideas for the project are described in this kick-off internal document from February 2003).
Since 2009, the commercialization and further development of the Reactable music instrument in all its forms (tabletop, mobile apps, etc.) is being carried by the spin-off company Reactable Systems.