3M flaunts 84-inch, 4K-res, 40-point multitouch table

CES 2013 is the perfect place to demonstrate all the cool stuff that your company has been developing, which is exactly what 3M has done with their gargantuan and outstandingly awesome 84-inch multitouch table. Last year they brought a 46-inch display to the show, but this 84" model - complete with a 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolution and 40-point capacitive multitouch sensor - marks a definite improvement.

3M hopes that the table, still in the prototype stages, will be used in places like schools and museums, but it would surely be cool to also see it running Windows 8. When it eventually hits the market in Q3 2013, the panel should be able to support more than 100 concurrent touches via a new wired-based sensor array that can scale up without a performance hit.

Currently there's no word on pricing for this cool piece of tech, but we can't imagine it'll be even close to being cheap.

Source: The Verge

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Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing years ago I believe (or something like that!) .. used to have their fingers in all sorts of weird places ...

tried the old Microsoft surface at a history museum and I thought it was pretty brutal.. not the idea of it but the actual implementation of it.. I struggled to figure out how to navigate it at first .. I would of much rather had a 27 inch tablet with windows 8 with preloaded apps on it on an angle on a wall..

It can move pictures around...
Hotsites on intranets are more useful on the visitor's smartphone then a single smudgy, greasy and virus-crowded public touchscreen. No, thanks

But, but, but... I thought touch sucks? Needs more point and click desktops, and start menus.

/s

On a more serious note, looks cool, but Windows 8 would be wasted on this. This is something I would expect to see running PixelSense.

err what? why would Windows 8 be wasted on this? Even if you don't use it for metro apps you still have the fastest OS, charms and enhanced touch support + you can build specific applications with VS that will be cross compatible with other devices!

Dot Matrix said,
On a more serious note, looks cool, but Windows 8 would be wasted on this. This is something I would expect to see running PixelSense.

Typical ignorant reply. PixelSense, now bought by Microsoft, only provide the hardware and drivers. The original PixelSense screens ran on Windows 7, in fact I've got their 27" screen running on Windows 8 with drivers.
You still need an OS to run PixelSense hardware on - and their OS of choice is Windows.

Source: We have a 27" PixelSense screen at work for development.

ingramator said,
err what? why would Windows 8 be wasted on this? Even if you don't use it for metro apps you still have the fastest OS, charms and enhanced touch support + you can build specific applications with VS that will be cross compatible with other devices!

Windows 8 is meant to be used by a single person on a single side of the device. It looks like Windows 8 would limit functionality. The Start Screen would anyway.

I could see both sides. BTW Fred, I believe you're confusing pixelsense (the 40" hardware joint developed with Samsung which uses vision based detection) with Perceptive Pixel (which produces a range of hardware, including an 82" screen with unlimited touch points acquired by Microsoft). Any large format display which is horizontal would benefit from the Pixelsense's controls and design philosophy. I'm planning on visiting the booth next week and will be interested to know what they're running /supporting

Fred 69 said,

Typical ignorant reply. PixelSense, now bought by Microsoft, only provide the hardware and drivers. The original PixelSense screens ran on Windows 7, in fact I've got their 27" screen running on Windows 8 with drivers.
You still need an OS to run PixelSense hardware on - and their OS of choice is Windows.

Source: We have a 27" PixelSense screen at work for development.

I think he meant pixelSense as in the renamed Surface OS(well technically OS and hardware, but in this case you have the hardware and just need the OS on it). and Microsoft owned the surface software, they made it.