Make Canoe my Homepage

World’s largest interactive multitouch display installation

- March 28th, 2013

Picture a Virtual Reef, towering a full two-stories across a 46-foot wall. It’s running an app that offers an almost life-like interactive immersive marine life experience, where you can discover more about any animal you choose simply by touching it on the screen. Amazing, no?

Now, it’s not one single screen, but a wrap-around arrangement and the world’s largest array of continuous displays.  Its proud home is in Brisbane Australia at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), situated in The Cube, the centrepiece the heart of the University’s new $230 Million AUD ($244 million CDN) Science and Engineering Centre.

VirtualReef

The Virtual Reef is just one of the installations in The Cube built by Queensland’s Pro AV Solutions. The display array is comprised of a series of 48 individual 55″ MultiTaction Cell full HD LCD displays created by Helsinki Finland based MultiTouch Ltd.

Each MultiTaction Cell has a frameless ultra thin bezel, a mere 1.9mm wide on the bottom and left side and 3.8mm on the top and right side, so when stacked together side-by-side or top-to-bottom the gap appears between almost seamless.  They’re also low maintenance and quite practical, featuring a smooth edge-to-edge scratch resistant safety glass.

The displays also include a sophisticated software component that allows applications to recognize gestures,  have unlimited touch points, object recognition and full hand recognition, and be able to handle multiple concurrent users.

The new centre and the installation is quite an accomplishment for QUT. Even better is the news that this very expensive high tech facility is not just for internal use.

“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,” says Dr. Gordon Howell, Associate Director, Learning Environments Support at QUT.

While it seems that the focus would be primarily for education, learning and research, I just can’t help but think about what an incredible video game experience that this would make.

Photos courtesy Multitouch Ltd., Queensland University of Technology.

==================================================

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

Follow me on Twitter @gadgetgreg or Empire Avenue (e)GADGET1.

==================================================

Subscribe to the post

2 comments

  1. Aaron | March 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    That is a remarkable application. how long did it take to build?

  2. amidiabetic | March 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    That is soooo cool!

Leave a comment

 characters available