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MultiTaction displays create world’s biggest multitouch installation

Queensland University of Technology’s innovative digital learning exhibition space includes 48 x 55-inch unlimited touch cell displays.

Queensland University of Technology’s innovative digital learning exhibition space includes 48 x 55-inch unlimited touch cell displays. MultiTouch has supplied what is said to be the world’s biggest interactive multitouch installation, and the largest continuous array of unlimited touch displays, within The Cube – Queensland University of Technology’s innovative digital interactive learning exhibition space. The Cube is the heart of QUT’s new A$230 million Science and Engineering Centre. The exhibition includes 48 x 55-inch ultra-thin bezel (UTB) MultiTaction Cell displays, forming the 1,400 cubic metre Cube. The Cube comprises six educational zones, including the two-storey, 14-metre-long Virtual Reef, where 20 Cells combine with an edge-blended Panasonic projection system, and the innovative Physics Zone.
 Built by Pro AV Solutions Queensland, The Cube is one of the biggest spaces of its kind in the world. It is made up of six zones (five of which feature MultiTaction displays), running a number of interactive applications, including the Virtual Reef. It is dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of QUT’s Science and Engineering research and is the heart of the university’s new A$230 million Science and Engineering Centre at Gardens Point campus. The zones run a number of interactive applications:• Virtual Reef: marine life interactive experience• CubIT: QUT research access & collaboration• Community Science wall: Queensland experiences, including 2011 Brisbane floods• ECOS: energy consumption & impact on climate• Physics Playroom: learning in a game-like environment.
@page_break@Dr Gordon Howell, associate director, learning environments support at QUT: “For anyone interacting with The Cube, it’s the MultiTaction Cells that lend the installation its magic. Through this innovative technology, we are able to break down the imagined barriers between academia and the public, making The Cube a centre of scientific exploration for all who care to participate.” “We’ve always been ahead of the curve with multitouch technology,” explains Petri Martikainen, CEO of MultiTouch. “Our clients keep pushing the boundaries of interactive installations by using our technology in creative ways, and this original and captivating interactive installation is the biggest and best in the world.”
 Philip Holtum, managing director of Pro AV Solutions adds: “The interactive aspect of The Cube was always crucial to the end product. MultiTouch offers superior interactivity backed up by a raft of technologies that make them the number one choice for a project of this magnitude.” A major advantage of the ultra-thin bezel on the MultiTaction Cells is in stacked configurations just like this where a mullion of only 6mm can be achieved resulting in a near seamless finish. The Cube is open to the public at QUT’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane, Australia, following a grand opening by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.