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EIT ICT Labs and MultiTouch Ltd. Present the First 3D Motion Sensing Multitouch Wall at CeBIT 2012

March 6, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
multitouch_display.jpgSmart space research results in the integration of a five-meter-wide MultiTouch wall with Kinect 3D motion sensing cameras

CeBIT 2012, Hall 26, Stand F50, in Hannover, Germany.

Hannover, March 6, 2012
- The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) ICT Labs and MultiTouch Ltd. present an almost five-meter long interactive dual-action wall at CeBIT 2012. Reseachers have solved the problem how to attract people to use the multitouch display wall. The multitouch wall with 3D motion sensing cameras reacts to new potential users passing by and lures them to touch the wall and explore the content when they approach it.

On the interactive wall made of eight MultiTaction(R) Cell 55" modular multi-user touch displays and four Microsoft Kinect(R) 3D motion sensing cameras, visitors can playfully learn about EIT ICT Labs activities using a user interface developed by EIT ICT Labs researchers.

"The wall is an example of how EIT ICT Labs boosts European competitiveness by bringing academic research, education and business together," says Professor Marko Turpeinen, Node Director EIT ICT Labs Helsinki. "Cooperation with MultiTouch has brought added value to both parties."

The goal of EIT ICT Labs researchers has been to learn more about and develop concepts for delivering information in public spaces using large interactive displays. MultiTouch Ltd. has provided researchers with support and information from real use cases from all around the globe. This cooperation enabled the scientific knowledge to be transferred immediately into this new business tool.

MultiTouch Ltd. was originally established by researchers from Aalto University, which is one of the core partners of EIT ICT Labs Helsinki. The company has already sold interactive displays in over 40 countries around the world and recently launched its third generation MultiTaction product line.

"The display array, made of stackable MultiTaction Cells, recognizes unlimited touch points which means we can accommodate a very large number of users. The Bubblescreen application using Kinect was developed by EIT ICT Labs with MultiTouch Cornerstone SDK. It is a fantastic example of how by merging technologies we can create new, innovative ways for human-computer interaction," said Hannu Anttila, VP Sales of MultiTouch Ltd.

The installation can be found at EIT ICT Labs stand in Hall 26, Stand F50 at CeBIT from 6 to 10 March 2012.

About CEBIT Installation
The Bubblescreen installation utilizes 8 MultiTaction Cell 55" Full HD LCD displays and 4 Microsoft Kinect motion sensing cameras to make an impressive five meter wide display with more than 15 million pixels. It is based on the Kupla user interface developed by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT at Aalto University. Overall there are 260 cameras used to track gestures in this installation. The application was created with C++/OpenGL using MultiTouch Cornerstone SDK. Additionally, the installation has four audio channels for different sections of the wall equipped with Panphonics directional speakers.

About EIT ICT Labs
EIT ICT Labs was selected as one of the first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). Our mission is to turn Europe into a global leader in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) innovations.

Sustainable energy supply, intelligent traffic management and increasing the quality of life are just some of the challenges that society, businesses and politicians will face in the future. Innovative ICT technologies offer new ways to give a much needed boost to finding alternative solutions.

Education, Research and Business are three elements in the EIT ICT Labs "Knowledge Triangle" and the key drivers of our knowledge-based society. EIT ICT Labs aims to create a new breed of innovators and entrepreneurs that can develop breakthrough ideas and support them all the way to the market.

EIT ICT Labs locations play a vital role as virtual and live meeting places for project members, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and startups as well as major industrial partners searching for new talents and new innovative opportunities. Mobility is a key factor as we bring people together across geographical and organizational borders.

The EIT ICT Labs set of education, research and business tools serve as catalysts to foster and drive ICT innovation activities. Students, researchers and teachers are equipped with skills for creativity, risk-taking and entrepreneurial capacity by catalyzing and renewing the ICT educational programmes at Master's and PhD level. Researchers and engineers participate in mobility programmes and gain access to networks, meetings and state-of-the-art test beds and living labs. Entrepreneurs get coaching on how to bring ideas to market, access to finance and support in business and consumer development. Established companies benefit from the exchange of information and knowledge with research partners as well as access to top ICT talents.

About MultiTouch Ltd.
MultiTouch is a leading developer of interactive display systems, based on proprietary software and hardware designs. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, with U.S. offices in Santa Clara, California and New York City and Asia office in Singapore. Its systems are currently in use in more than 40 countries around the globe.

MultiTaction(R) is a registered trademark of MultiTouch Ltd.
Kinect(R) is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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