As some companies try to increase the quality and functionality of high-definition touchscreens for miniaturized, mobile applications, others are moving in the opposite direction -- blowing up the size of multi-touch displays to create a completely new way to experience the advanced technology. MyMultitouch, a German company focused on multi-touch solutions, showed off its state-of-the-art 84-inch multi-touch display at this yearís CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.
The Alvaro GIANT, a 3,840 x 2,160 Ultra-High Definition display, outputs at 4K resolution as it sits atop an equally large metal structure that allows the screen to rotate from upright to a completely flat position. (Source: MyMultitouch)
The monster of a display is a definitive change of pace from the usual smartphone and tablet touchscreens. Rightfully named the Alvaro GIANT, the 3,840 x 2,160 Ultra-High Definition display outputs at 4K resolution as it sits atop an equally large metal structure that allows the screen to rotate from upright to a completely flat position. The display accepts any HDMI, DVI, AV, RGB, USB, or DisplayPort input, and even offers an integrated Windows 8 system for standalone use. With only a 12mS touch response time, the LED Cell imaging technology used for the touch display allows up to 32 simultaneous touch points and can even differentiate between different hand positions making contact with the screenís surface. The bezel contains an array of LEDs used to detect light breaks at the surface level. A fairly old touch detection method, often used in an industrial environment. It is nice to see the same tech can handle 32 simultaneous inputs.
Unlike most other touch displays of this kind, the Alvaro GIANT has something others lack: a price tag. The 84-inch screen will retail for $43,000 US and is mainly targeted for public display applications, such as retail or museum exhibits, as well as other educational and industrial uses. Designed for continuous, 24-hour operation, toughened safety glass and a rigid metal case ensure the GIANTís reliability in public settings.
Pricey? You bet! But, thatís to be expected from a mammoth of a display capable of multitouch. The Alvaro GIANT will run off of any Windows OS as far back as XP, as well as Mac OSX, Linux, and Android. So, yes -- if you happen to have that much extra cash lying around, you can indeed play Angry Birds on the 84-inch screen. Check out the video below of the folks over at SlashGear giving the Alvaro GIANT a test-run at CeBIT.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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