HP says hands off giant touchscreen

AUTHOR: Inavate

HP has showed off its “wall of touch”, a massive contact-less touchscreen, to the Wall Street Journal in New York. The modular screen, that uses optical cameras and a magnetic strip to detect when users are nearing the wall, was originally developed following a request from the company’s public relations firm and is set to be rolled out in 2011. Read on for video content.

The wall can comprise up to nine 43”, 1.5” thick panels with a resolution of 1080p. It is driven by an H-P Z800 workstation and allows users to access cable feeds, satellite feeds, download and stream content from the web and view DVR and DVD content.

McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of HP’s Personal Systems Group told the Wall Street Journal, that versions of the wall were already being shown in the headquarters of NBA and the Continental Airlines counter in Houston Airport.

The product will be available to customers in 2011 and but is set to cost any where between $2,000 to $100,000, according to the newspaper’s website. The report added that future systems were expected to incorporate additional features such as HD videoconferencing.