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2011-10-07
NASA goes MultiTouch

One of the things most likely to impress visitors to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in terms of the Center’s facilities is the multi-user, multi-touch exhibit commemorating the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first Space Shuttle mission opened this year.

The exhibit has been designed and supplied by MultiTouch, the developer of the world’s first modular multi-touch LCD screen for large-scale displays, and FusionPage Interactive, a leading software and interactive solutions company. MultiTouch and FusionPage collaborated over a three-month period to develop the specifications and system design for the project.

Comprising four 46-inch MultiTouch Cell displays, the exhibit provides high-resolution photos and videos of the Space Shuttle, which multiple users can manipulate simultaneously – and will be extended to include information on the International Space Station and the history of past Apollo missions.

MultiTouch’s patented Computer Vision Through Screen technology, which reads at 120 frames per second in bright daylight or dark environments, is complemented by MultiTouch Cornerstone software that translates touch into the programming experience, creating multi-touch displays that can read unlimited touch points, including hands, fingers, 2D Marker, and real-life objects. Modular Full HD LCD displays – known as MultiTouch Cells – can be integrated into any size of table or wall configuration.

Ideal for use in broadcasting, retailing, advertising, exhibitions, museums, education, and design, the MultiTouch Cell product family has been sold in more than 40 countries since its introduction in 2009.

For more on MultiTouch, which is headquartered in Helsinki and has US offices in Santa Clara, California and New York City, and examples of their other projects, check out their Web site.

To see the NASA exhibit in Houston, click on this video link.

The new exhibit enables unlimited number of users to simultaneously open high-resolution photos and videos, access content, and create visual effects by touching anywhere on the display. Based on MultiTouch Cell technology, the system is robust enough to handle constant use from hundreds of users and scalable so that new content modules can be added without impacting existing content. Photo courtesy of MultiTouch.