Jun 2018
by Andreas Köster

7 possible applications of multi-touch installations

Possible applications of multitouch installations

Multi-touch technologies constitute an interactive interface with the future. Through their touch-sensitive surface, devices equipped with this technology can recognize and process several parallel touch-inputs. The technology’s advantage lies in its facilitation of intuitive accessibility, interactivity, and simultaneous usage by several people.

If now you’re thinking, ”Been there, seen it, done that – any old smartphone or tablet PC can do that!”, you might want to think again. Granted, to a certain extent this is basically correct, but this technology can as well be put to use on a scale and in areas of application that you may find surprising.

How would you like, for example, a conference table thus controllable, or an entire monitor wall – for your next corporate event, your company headquarters’ lobby, or as part of an exhibition?

Advantages: Intuitively Accessible, Interactive, and Usable by Several People at Once

The advantages of multi-touch installations lie in their sheer accessibility – facilitated by intuitive operation – paired with their striking means of visualization and their extensive range of interactive application. The capability of processing multiple simultaneous parallel user-inputs makes this technology particularly suited for use in environments where typically many people at the same time use and interact with the installation, e. g. in a highly frequented exhibition, or in a team project that relies on people’s close cooperation and the timely sharing and pooling of results. But fun as well gets its fair share among this mix of features because this technology addresses the human instinct to play and invites people to casual and playful engagement with the content shown.

Possible Applications of Multi-Touch Installations

Be it in a museum or exhibition context, in the business sector, in corporate or media communication, for a company’s self-presentation in lobby or showroom – when it comes to the possible applications of multi-touch technology, only sky is the limit (and maybe not even that).
For instance, with the help of multi-touch technology a museum can make an exhibition filled with otherwise “boring” (i. e. unmoving, immobile, and untouchable) objects or abstract concepts more interesting for visitors big and small. Or by means of an interactive installation concerned with the corporate history, a business company can shorten the wait in the lobby for visitors, a news agency can use the installation for efficient pooling and evaluation of news coming in from numerous different channels, or a corporation can upgrade their showroom with multi-touch components.

Perhaps the following seven real-life examples of this technology’s practical application inspire you to find your own way of putting it to good use.

1. Corporate Showroom

An interactive showroom fascinates visitors, clients, and investors alike. Here’s an example of one showcasing not a physical object, but an Artificial Intelligence.

2. Corporate Communication/ Public Relations

This interactive newsroom collects information from over a million sources and facilitates their internal evaluation and further processing.

Interaktiver Newsroom zur Medienbeobachtung von Garamantis

3. Retail Industry

This integration of multi-touch technology with innovative retail concepts at the Visa Futures Conference, consisting in an interactive shop window in combination with virtual retail space in the form of a Shopping Wall, turns any shopping trip into a futuristic experience.

4. Collaboration

These examples show how an interactive creative space supports the generation of new ideas and simplifies team collaboration, and how a collaborative multi-touch software facilitates joint planning of a factory.

kollaborative Multitouch-Software

5. Museum

A multi-touch table brings self-made drawings of dinosaurs to life, and rotating touchscreens illustrate the exhibition “Spaceship Earth”.

6. Trade Show

Interactive trade fair booths, equipped with multi-touch scanner table and interactive display case, become visitor magnets and support product presentation and sales pitch.

7. Events

In this example, a multi-touch table assumes the part of receptionist and info desk for attendants and at the same time acts as an interactive interface with Social Media platforms.

Should you currently consider starting a project that is supposed to involve multi-touch technology and interactivity features in one way or another – give us a call or reach out to us by chat or e-mail! We will join you in brainstorming for ideas and then provide you with suggestions for their realization and a cost estimate.

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