MultiTaction rolls out 12-screen turnkey interactive solution for Technische Universität Dresden.
MultiTouch, a world leader in interactive display systems, has announced the introduction of the largest interactive display wall for research purposes in Europe at Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden). At approximately 5m wide and 2.5m high, the turnkey 12 x 55in MultiTaction iWall recognises finger touches, complete hands, infrared pens and objects. TU Dresden’s goal is to conduct ambitious research in human-computer interaction.
“We expect large interactive displays to be omnipresent in the future,” explained Professor Raimund Dachselt, head of the Interactive Media Lab at TU Dresden. “The MultiTaction iWall provides us with a 25-megapixel display supporting the widest range of input methods and unlimited touch points. The MultiTaction technology is the only one worldwide to support this variety of interaction modalities at this size. That's why we want to be the first lab with this equipment to do groundbreaking research in this area.
“In our research, we will use the rich input of multiple users at the large wall,” added Professor Dachselt. “At the same time, we aim to transform the whole room in front of the display into one large interactive space by using various interaction modalities. Among them touch, pen, tangible objects, gaze, hand gestures and handheld devices.”
TU Dresden and its Computer Science department have already started to use the wall for a range of research and student projects, studies and other purposes.
“Besides conducting basic research in human-computer interaction, we work on interactive visualisations,” continued Professor Dachselt. “TU Dresden applies this research. This means, we try to find perception-oriented techniques that can effectively handle big data on a big display wall for several users to fields such as cell or systems biology, computerisation of traditional industries such as manufacturing press and publishing sector, media management and other areas. The Interactive Media Lab aims to demonstrate this technology to small and medium-sized companies with need for interactive big data visualisation.”