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Alvaro GIANT: 84 Inches of Ultra-HD Multi-Touch Display

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apresher
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Multi-Touch Display
apresher   5/14/2013 8:52:59 AM
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Excellent post. Would love to actually see this in action.  The new standard by which all man caves are now measured, except for the price tag.

Charles Murray
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Technical hurdle?
Charles Murray   5/14/2013 7:08:23 PM
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I wonder why we haven't seen touch screens of this size in the past. Is it merely the price, or is there a technical hurdle to making them this big?

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bob from maine   5/15/2013 12:30:30 PM
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Chuck; I think the limiting factor on screen size is the glass. Imagine the technological difficulty of making a piece of glass to support an 84" screen. Each time we read that Corning has come up with a new method of making LARGE glass sheets, we see within a few weeks a new mega size touch screen. I'd guess part of the cost (other than exclusivity) is yield loss due to defects/breakage.

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Charles Murray   5/15/2013 7:11:04 PM
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Good point, bob from maine. I had actually assumed that the problem was electronics related, but your explanation makes more sense.

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:31:17 PM
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Chuck,

There have been large touchscreen for some time. They were called "Microsoft Surface" at that time. Now that name is used for smaller screens. They sported up to 32 inputs. Some even had depth sensing, if I recall.

However, this size is unprecedented. I am sure the price would shock as well.

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Rob Spiegel
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Bigger than Microsoft
Rob Spiegel   5/14/2013 7:20:05 PM
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A number of years ago, Microsoft started making and marketing large, flexible touch screens. I saw lone demonstrated at a MS conference. At the time, they didn't have a lot of specific ideas for its application. Soon, though, I started to see it show up in network and cable election coverage. It provided a map that could zoom in and out via screen touch.

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Charles Murray   5/14/2013 7:41:24 PM
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That's a good point, Rob. The market for giant touch screens may not be a very big one.

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Rob Spiegel   5/15/2013 3:53:47 PM
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Yes, Chuck. The market is probably the high-end presentation market. I think it would be perfect for TV weather broadcasters. They could use this instead of the green screen.

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Charles Murray   5/15/2013 7:15:57 PM
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Rob, wasn't there a movie called Minority Report (with Tom Cruise) where they used giant touch screens? I'm also wondering if they used a giant touch screen in part two of Back to the Future. The future always seems to get depicted with giant touch screens.

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Rob Spiegel   5/16/2013 3:51:48 PM
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Yes, there were touch screens in Minority Report. I don't remember them in Back to the Future II. Mostly I've seen them -- real ones -- in political maps during campaigns. Chuck Todd, among others, is very good at using one effectively.

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:38:09 PM
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The Minority Report scene was more of a demonstration of a 3D HMI.

Watching the early "gestures" were interesting. Even had pinch to zoom in 2002.

C



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Jack Rupert, PE   5/21/2013 3:39:34 PM
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It often amazing reviewing older movies and seeing today's technologies before they were developed.  Great clip you got there, I had forgotten some of that.


On your other comment, have you heard what the price is?  I'm sure it's extreme, but then again, the display that is currently sitting on my desk was unaffordable just a few years back....

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Cabe Atwell   5/29/2013 11:59:07 PM
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Jack,

I did forget to mention. The opening market price will be at $43,000.

Not really feasible for many.

C

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Rob Spiegel   6/4/2013 5:10:25 PM
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That's pretty steep Cabe. The Microsoft touch display -- while a bit smaller -- is in the $15,000 to $20,000 range.

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Cabe Atwell   6/10/2013 7:31:25 PM
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Ah... but they are not 84 inches.

I think the display doesn't have to be that price. Who would actually buy that? Most will wait until the price is more reasonable. Alvaro should just start at the lower price.

C

Debera Harward
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Ultra HD Multi touch Display
Debera Harward   5/14/2013 8:09:54 PM
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Thanks Cabe for such an informative post, I am too excited for such a large screen HD multi touch display but according to me it wont have vast market because of its cost secondly it wont be easy to manage as well .It will have limited market of commercial and industrial usage  only .

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Maybe it's just me, but....
Jim_E   5/15/2013 9:09:56 AM
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Maybe it's just me, but I HATE fingerprints on my screen.  In college, I was know to wallop people who touched my monitor.  :)  So, this whole trend towards touchscreen devices is rather annoying to me....

I like my Android phone (besides the fact that Motorola reneged on their promise to upgrade it to ICS/JB) but controlling things via touch is often awkward and I can't type worth a darn on the thing.  Trying to select text with my fingers is painful!

I wish they would come up with a better method of control, that also doesn't leave fingerprints on the screen.  I like how the Galaxy Note uses a stylus, so I might be leaning towards that direction.

 

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Fine peice of engineering
far911   5/26/2013 5:15:06 AM
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A multi-touch display boasting an 84-inch screen and an ultra-HD resolution is some fine piece of engineering and a marvel in its own right. The touch response time is mighty impressive as well. Considering that it also comes with a toughened safety glass for panel protection, the makers have left very little to complain about. Support for stereoscopic 3D would've been the icing on the cake. The only barrier to entry is the hefty price tag.

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84" touch display
jamaniery   7/31/2013 7:27:41 PM
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I agree with some of the above comments.  Prices will decrease for 4K resolution paired with 84" monitors over time.  With the price tag today only a select market is capable of purchasing these displays.  Here is another interesting article highlighting touch screen and 4k content

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