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New Tech for Large-Scale Multitouch Displays

At last week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, MultiTouch, which makes modular multitouch LCD screens for large-scale displays, announced a new platform for large-scale multitouch LCD displays called MultiTaction.

At last week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, MultiTouch, which makes modular multitouch LCD screens for large-scale displays, announced a new platform for large-scale multitouch LCD displays called MultiTaction. The company says the new technology will enable display developers to create multiuser, multitouch displays for screens ranging from 32 to 100 inches and beyond.

Company officials said MultiTaction's most significant advancement is that its optical multitouch sensor technology can be integrated easily into integrated circuit (IC) boards, creating a modular camera system that can scale up to 100 inches in slim, high-resolution displays for the pro AV digital signage, or consumer displays markets. Frame rates more than 200 frames per second help ensure a highly responsive multitouch system.

"In the near future, multitouch features will be built into all large-scale displays, and developers will be able to create rich multitouch features much in the same way that one creates touch applications for smart phones," said Petri Martikainen, CEO of MultiTouch, in a statement. "Our vision is to extend the value of multitouch to a broad category of professional display developers, manufacturers, and application providers, with the view to eventually moving downstream to the consumer channel."

Company officials also said the MultiTaction platform eliminates the single most troublesome characteristic of optical touch displays, which is sensitivity to external lighting, such as sunlight, spotlights, and other ambient light sources. MultiTaction incorporates hybrid reflection/shadow tracking technology for smooth performance in any environment, according to the company. MultiTaction also provides smooth edge-to-edge front glass on the display unit, which it says is a first for any multitouch display.

 


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