FusionPage Interactive, a leading software and interactive solutions company, and MultiTouch, Ltd., developer of the world’s first modular multi-touch LCD screen for large-scale displays, today announced that the companies have designed and installed the first multi-user multitouch exhibit in Space Center Houston at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with NASA’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch, STS-1, on April 1, 1981. The multitouch wall, comprised of four 46-inch MultiTouch Cell displays, will be permanently installed in the center.
The multitouch wall will provide high-resolution photos and videos of the Space Shuttle, which multiple users can manipulate simultaneously. This initial installation is part of the first phase of the exhibit, which will eventually include the full space shuttle, space station, and Apollo mission histories.
MultiTouch and FusionPage collaborated over a three-month period to develop the specifications and the system design for the multitouch wall. Videos of the installation, and user reactions can be found respectively at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt-PhVDdW70 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uweu4UdVlg. MultiTouch will demonstrate the installation, using a four-display wall, at the INFOCOMM exhibition in Orlando, Florida, from June 15-17, in Booth #4382 at the Orange County Convention Center.
“High-resolution photos and videos are an attraction for multitouch users, and the level of documentation available on STS-1 makes this a particularly compelling installation, and one that will have tremendous use,” said Timo Korpela, general manager of MultiTouch Americas. “NASA helped pioneer high-resolution imaging, as we know it today, and using their archives for such an historic exhibit, for a multitouch experience, is an unprecedented opportunity for us.” For FusionPage founders Don and Ron Kerr, the exhibit marks a personal reflection, as the brothers served with NASA in various capacities, and have contributed to various NASA projects in subsequent years.
“We are delighted to be part of this exhibit, which celebrates 30 years of flight for these amazing space vehicles,” said Ron Kerr, CEO of FusionPage Interactive and former NASA flight controller. “We were particularly thrilled to have the opportunity to develop this permanent installation. It’s a way for us to give back to NASA and Space Center Houston after our many great memories of working here.”
FusionPage, which is a MultiTouch reseller, maintains a showroom for MultiTouch products in their facility.
MultiTouch’s Ltd. patented Computer Vision Through Screen technology, which reads at 120 frames per second in bright daylight or dark environments, is complemented by MultiTouch Cornerstone software that elegantly translates touch into the programming experience, creating multitouch displays that can read unlimited touch points, including hands, fingers, 2D Markers and real life objects. The products are ideal for broadcast, retail, advertising, exhibitions, museums, education and design.
Introduced to the global market in 2009, the MultiTouch Cell product family has been sold in more than 40 countries.
About MultiTouch Ltd.
MultiTouch Ltd. designs and develops professional multitouch displays and software platforms. Based on the company’s patented Computer Vision Through Screen technology, MultiTouch provides modular Full HD LCD displays (MultiTouch Cells) that can be integrated into any size table or wall configuration for multiuser environments. MultiTouch’s Cornerstone software enables unlimited touch points, as well as both hand recognition and object recognition on Windows, Linux and OS X operating systems. MultiTouch products are currently in use in more than 40 countries around the world. MultiTouch Cells are used prominently in a wide variety of market segments, including retail, exhibition, museum, education, design, medical, marketing, and military use. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, with U.S. offices in Santa Clara, California and New York City. For more information, please visit the company web site at www.multitouch.fi.
About FusionPage Interactive
FusionPage Interactive specializes in creating innovative interactive user experiences on multiple devices, including touch screens, touch walls, touch tables, mobile phones, tablets, desktop, and the web. FusionPage Interactive provides multi-device software design and development services, interactive touch screen solutions, and hosted application services. FusionPage Interactive was founded in 1999 by two former NASA flight controllers and scientists. The company serves the government, non-profit, and commercial sectors, providing interactive experiences for exhibits, live entertainment, operations data visualization, and enterprise applications for leading brands, including NASA, Paul Abdul’s Live to Dance, Britney Spears-Till the World Ends music video, Acer Computer, and KTLA-TV, among others. For more information, please visit www.fusionpage.com.
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