MultiTouch Introduces Intel-Powered 55-inch TouchScreen


Digital display vendor MultiTouch this week introduced the MultiTaction Cell 55, which the company says is the largest multi-user touchscreen in world.

According to MultiTouch, the 55-inch HD touchscreen boasts some of the most advanced object recognition capabilities to date, and can accommodate an unlimited number of simultaneous users. The display’s response time is clocked at more than 200 frames per second, and is powered by Intel’s second-generation Core processors.

“There might be displays of similar size, but I can assure you that this is the most advanced multi-user touch display in the market,” Timo Korpela, general manager of Americas operations at MultiTouch, told CRN.

The screen’s frameless architecture also lends itself to flexibility. The thin bezel design allows for the product to be embedded within custom-built furniture, including tables, and its modular build permits stacking to any shape using tens of units. With the option of linking up to 24 MultiTaction Cell 55-inch screens to display a single app, the product’s appeal to larger organizations like casinos and airports increases, according to MultiTouch.

Perhaps the most unique advancement seen with MultiTaction Cell 55-inch is its lack of sensitivity to external light. While sunlight or spotlights distort some touchscreens, the hybrid tracking capabilities of the Cell 55-inch are designed to combine shadows with infrared reflections to ensure a clear image in any light. Infrared emitters also create a modular camera system to scale more than 100-inch high-resolution displays.

MultiTaction Cell 55-inch, like most digital signage products, lends itself well to the channel, Korpela said, as software integration and AV services are often needed before deployment.

Todd Swank, vice president of marketing at Nor-Tech, a systems integrator and Intel partner based in Burnsville, Minn., reaffirms Korpeala’s confidence in channel opportunities within the digital signage market.

“Customers don’t want to buy hardware from one place, installation from one place, and then the software from another," Swank said. "That’s a lot of people for them to talk to. They’d rather have a solution provider provide all those elements in one package.”