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