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MultiTaction interactive displays create world’s biggest multitouch installation

The installation - by integrator Pro AV Solutions - at the Queensland University of Technology comprises 48 55in ultra-thin bezel (UTB) MultiTaction Cell displays.

MultiTouch has supplied what the company says is the world’s biggest interactive multitouch installation and the largest continuous array of unlimited touch displays. The installation is at Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) innovative digital interactive learning exhibition space, ‘The Cube’, the heart of QUT’s new A$230 million Science and Engineering Centre.

The exhibition includes 48 55in ultra-thin bezel (UTB) MultiTaction Cell displays, forming the 1,400 cubic metre Cube. Built by Pro AV Solutions Queensland and one of the biggest spaces of its kind in the world, The Cube structure 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 $230 million Science and Engineering Centre at Gardens Point campus.

“For anyone interacting with The Cube, it’s the MultiTaction Cells that lend the installation its magic,” said Dr Gordon Howell, associate director, learning environments support at QUT. “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,” said 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.”

“The interactive aspect of The Cube was always crucial to the end product,” said Philip Holtum, managing director of Pro AV Solutions. “MultiTouch offers superior interactivity backed up by a raft of technologies that make them the number one choice for a project of this magnitude.”

MultiTouch describes the MultiTaction Cells as the world’s first and only interactive displays with an ultra-thin bezel LCD.

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.