more screenshots of the table in action here. This is what they said about it:
Wireframe Studio (together with technology partner Formula-D with whom we share our studio space) were commissioned to develop over 20 interactive exhibits for a Science and Technology museum in Saudi Arabia - part of a newly opened university. The flagship exhibit is a 5 metre multi-touch table allowing multiple users to interact at the same time and displays an interactive timeline of Islamic contributions to science and technology over a 1500 year period. We took it upon ourselves to build the hardware from scratch as we had previously built a large format multi-touch screen for another project and figured 'how hard can it be?'. The table surface is illuminated from below by over 30 infra-red lights and uses 12 infra-red tracking cameras to pick up touches on the table, driving this are 3 quad processor computers connected to 6 short throw projectors (all built into the base of the table). The software was developed in flash using a live socket connection to sync the 3 machines (as we have animations that span the entire table). We had a number of challenges, the main being a very tight deadline of less than 6 months (for all 22 exhibits), a serious technology learning curve and not least of which having to display content in both English and Arabic (considering Arabs read everything from back to front this did present an interesting design challenge!).
05 Mar, 2010