Engage Production Ltd, specialists in interactive technologies for branded environments, has announced UK availability of the industry’s first infrared (IR) pen support for MultiTaction Cells, plus ‘Angry Birds Space’ multitouch application, from MultiTouch Ltd – announced and demonstrated at last week’s INFOCOMM event.
Developed for use with MultiTaction interactive cells, which are available in the UK via Engage’s Innovation Store, the IR software enables users to write, draw, sketch, and brainstorm designs using most standard IR pens, and can distinguish between pen and touch interactions. Engage is bundling MultiTaction IR Pen software with all new MultiTaction displays, and is offering a free software upgrade for all current MultiTaction models.
Engage has also installed MultiTouch’s ‘Angry Birds Space’ in its London offices. Launched at INFOCOMM in collaboration with ‘Angry Birds’ developer Rovio Entertainment, this augmented reality (AR) application is the first interactive multitouch application for ‘Angry Birds’ and is played on the 55inch MultiTaction cell with Windows 7.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer this amazing new IR pen software and interactive multitouch application to our customers, as part of any MultiTaction-specified job,” comments Engage Production MD Steve Blyth. “MultiTouch is at the forefront of multitouch technology and this again demonstrates just how ahead of the curve they are – which is why we at Engage continue to champion the MultiTaction range, helping to keep us at the bleeding edge of interactive tech.”
Enabling simultaneous and unlimited pen and hand gesture input, thanks to MultiTouch’s patented CVTS (Computer Vision Through Screen) technology, MultiTaction IR Pen software can be used with MultiTaction cells for collaborative presentation, both as a table or a wall configuration of up to 24 stacked displays.
The MultiTaction ‘Angry Birds Space’ AR application enables players to play the game on the display and use the Mighty Eagle plush toy to switch from the game to augmented reality mode. In AR mode, the players can place ‘Angry Birds’ plush toys on the display to access character specific content. Players can then switch back to the game using the same Mighty Eagle toy. MultiTouch displays are optimised for augmented reality applications in which optical markers, cards, and real-life objects can be placed on displays to trigger information.
Engage Production Ltd is in the vanguard of interactive concepts for branded environments, and is the UK’s leading systems integrator and development partner for MultiTouch Ltd. Currently overseeing a number of projects involving multitouch technology, including the world’s largest multitouch interactive wall for a global management consultancy and bespoke editing software for global media giant Sky, Engage is the first choice for a number of top creative agencies, including Start JG, Flourish, and Action Impact. Previous projects include work for Adidas, Virgin Mobile, BT, Toyota, T Mobile, Vodafone, Sony, and Christies.
MultiTaction IR pen in action at this year’s INFOCOMM
About Engage Production Ltd
At Engage our business is realising innovative, interactive concepts for branded environments – bringing to reality creative ideas, vague concepts and dream scenarios. Partnering with clients and agencies, we add value to creative endeavours by ‘bolting on’ to existing design processes. We source and develop the latest, most envelope-pushing technologies and materials – and our experience and knowledge cuts across the vast spectrum of interactive and 3D design. Engage work is always of the highest quality, and our unique expertise provides clients with all the know-how they need: we’re a safe pair of hands; a one-stop creative shop that always delivers, on time and within budget. Engage’s technical expertise ultimately helps consumers to interact with brands, enabling our clients (and our client’s clients!) to engage with their customers more effectively. We ‘major’ on the following: Gestural tracking; technical installations; content programming; 3D animation; augmented reality; multitouch installations; videowalls; bespoke digital displays. And thanks to our Innovation Store, we’re able to source the latest tech to deliver what’s required of us – and more. We recently launched our own dedicated quarterly magazine, TouchPoint – to bring our clients (and the press) up-to-date with what we’ve been up to, with news, case studies, interviews and features. We also commissioned a new showreel, to visually showcase our technical knowhow and expertise in less than a minute, and set up an extensive Vimeo page, with projects and products on display. Both of these innovations are accessible via our brand new website, which launched in January 2012.
About MultiTouch Ltd.
MultiTouch is a leading developer of interactive display systems, based on proprietary software and hardware designs. It developed the world’s first modular multi-touch LCD screen for large-scale displays, and the world’s largest integrated multi-user LCD multitouch display (MultiTaction, 55inch). The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, with U.S. offices in Santa Clara, California and New York City, and an office in Singapore. Its systems are currently in use in more than 40 countries around the globe.
Source: Engage Production