MultiTaction Cells are multiuser interactive displays with hand, 2D bar code, IR pen and object recognition. Ideal for multitouch walls and multitouch tables of any size and shape, they support enriched reality, augmented reality, digital whiteboard and collaboration solutions. Read more.
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San José, CA, uses interactive MultiTaction displays in their permanent exhibition called Body Metrics. Body Metrics is an installation that allows museum visitors a window into their physical and emotional selves of today as well as the most promising health care techniques of tomorrow. The centerpiece of the exhibit is Data Pool, a custom 12-foot screen that displays a person’s body metrics in a colorful pool of visitors’ avatars. This unique table is comprised of five 55″ MultiTaction displays that are not only multi-touch but also recognize objects placed on them through the use of special markers.
Body Metrics exhibition allows visitors to explore their body metrics by wearing a Sensor Kit, a system that measures six metrics in real time: activity level, tension, mental focus, talkativeness, attitude, and the number of people nearby. As they near the end of their visit, users return to Data Pool, where the collected data is visualized. Placing the Sensor Kit on this mesmerizing table displays metrics from the entire visit, including how visitors reacted to everything they saw and felt. Visitors may return again and again to practice manipulating their metrics and evaluate their progress.
The Visitor Audio Experience at the Australian War Memorial is intended to provide additional layers of engaging and informative curated content to enhance the visitor experience rather than provide a traditional ‘guide’ to the galleries. At this stage it has been rolled out for the “Australians in the Great War” galleries but the intention is to further expand the concept to encompass all galleries. The delivery platform for the experience is a modified smartphone device, enclosed in a specially designed case and the visitor is provided with the device and headphones for their visit.
The experience commences with the visitor receiving a ‘smart device’ on arrival in the Orientation Gallery. They are provided with a simple instruction to place it on the bench that is part of a large-scale multimedia touch wall comprised of twenty MT553UTB MultiTaction Cells. The cells are arrayed in seven columns, each with two vertical and one horizontal cells. The horizontal cell in each column is partially obscured by the vertical cell above to reduce the depth of the ‘table’, allowing easier visitor access to the vertical touch surface.
Each ‘smart device’ has a fiducial marker applied to the back cover. When the device is placed on the table the cell recognises the device and initiates the tour selection system, and reveals a tour selection menu on the adjacent vertical ‘wall’ cells. The visitor can review the available tours by touching on the tour icons, revealing details of the tour content, and the selected tour is dragged to a placeholder that animates then ‘loads’ the tour on the ‘smart device’. Once selected the visitor removes the device and makes their way into the gallery for their tour.
Application by: Mental Media
Number of displays: 20
Location: Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia