Christie Interactivity Kit now shipping

| January 31, 2013

Christie multi touch technology Interactivity KitModular and Lightweight, New Multi-Touch Technology Can Be Configured Into 84 Unique Sizes

Christie® is pleased to announce that the Christie Interactivity Kit is now shipping. Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit is a distinctive solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any digital display.

Designed in pieces that fit perfectly around Christie® MicroTiles®, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. They can accommodate practically any large format display up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, or a Christie MicroTiles array measuring up to 16-units wide by 6-units tall.

The easy-to-use, field-installable kits simply attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without the need for drivers. Windows 7 recognises the Christie Interactivity Kit as a multi-touch device automatically and no manual calibration of sensors or cameras is required. Using breakthrough Baanto™ ShadowSense™ technology, Christie Interactivity Kit offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Christie Interactivity Kit – The Simple Answer

“Many large-format touch technologies struggle with touch accuracy and response time, especially with multi-touch,” explained Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Typically you have to manually position and calibrate cameras, and install special drivers or software that must be running on the computer in order for the system to work.”

Christie’s Interactivity Kit solves this problem by detecting the video wall’s size and configuration, and simply connecting to the computer’s USB port. When used with Windows® 7, which offers native support for multi-touch, the Interactivity Kit is automatically recognised as a multi-touch device.

“In addition to saving the time and effort of calibrating sensors and installing drivers,” continued Heslett, “the Interactivity Kit is both lightweight and small for easy shipping and manoeuvring into buildings while special brackets for MicroTiles handle the alignment.”

Applications for Christie Interactivity Kit

“With their stunning image quality, colours and resolution, Christie MicroTiles are the perfect medium for large format interactivity,” added Heslett. “For example, on broadcast sets, where MicroTiles are very popular, an on-air commentator can analyse a sports event or election results using the Interactivity Kit on a large presentation wall. Because of their modularity, MicroTiles and the Interactivity Kit are both easy to move around and flexible in size, so they are ideal for temporary events and trade shows. Rental stagers can purchase one set of gear and create a multitude of different shapes and sizes with it.

“Other great applications include museums and public institutions where visitors want to explore and learn, higher education where students want to learn and connect with each other, and corporate spaces where information needs to be shared and analysed by colleagues in a collaborative setting.”

Benefits of Christie Interactivity Kit:

-        True multi-touch performance with excellent accuracy, resolution and response rates for large-format applications.

-        Up to 18 touches on a 16 by 6 array (21.4 feet wide by 6 feet high).

-        Ease of setup with USB connection and no drivers required.

-        No manual calibration of sensors or cameras.

-        Recognized by Windows® 7 natively as a multi-touch device.

-        Seamless integration with Christie MicroTiles and Christie JumpStart.

“Now shipping, the Christie Interactivity Kit is an exciting breakthrough technology for creating large-format, multi-touch displays that was not possible until now – there is nothing like it. This technology opens up all kinds of new possibilities for connecting people with each other and with information, and for delivering impactful, branded experiences,” Heslett concluded.

The new Christie Interactivity Kit will be presented at ISE 2013. Visit the Christie stand, Hall 1, stand #H40, H46 and H50.

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognised as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centres to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christieemea.com

For more information, contact:
Nicky Rowland
PR Agent UK, Middle East and Africa
+44 (0)777 834 9709
rowland.nicky [at] gmail.com

Christie
Alexis Lipoff
EMEA PR & Communications Manager
+ 44 1189 778000
alexis.lipoff [at] christiedigital.com

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