MultiTouch shows off multi-touch LCD display

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 02 2008 @ 00:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
TechCrunch reports Finnish firm MultiTouch has rolled out two Full HD displays with multi-touch support.
Dubbed the MultiTouch Cell, each LCD screen unit is available in both 32- and 46-inch sizes and offers Full HD capability. The Cells can be positioned in portrait or landscape modes and can be turned into huge multi-touch screens or a multi-touch coffee table for those who don’t need something so grandiose.

The MultiTouch Cell is the company’s response to Microsoft’s Touchwall, which we wrote about earlier this year. Touchwall uses three infrared lasers that scan a surface, and a camera, which feeds information back to Microsoft’s Plex software after something breaks through the laser line. In contrast, the MultiTouch Cell uses an LCD display and according to the company, bests current projector-based systems by improving durability — MultiTouch claims users will get 50,000 hours of use compared to 3,000 hours for projector-based offerings — as well as improved image resolution, contrast, and color quality.
Here's a video of the MultiTouch Cell display:

The 46" multi-touch display costs almost $16,000 with a fully-configured Linux PC to run the software while the 32" displays cost around $8,300. Without the PC the 46" and 32" displays cost around $14,700 and $7,200, respectively.

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