3rd September 2013 / Tom Quarry
Multi touch technology allows a user to interact with both hands on a single device, or multiple users at one time. Users are now capable of interacting simultaneously on the same interface, opening up a whole new world of possibilities.
Touch screen has transformed the way we interact from as early as the 1970’s. Multi touch has developed through gradual innovation and research that has lead to where it is today. During the last 10 years the industry has seen a rise in multi-touch technology used in both public and private sectors. The technology has advanced across a range of devices and software so that multiple touches can be detected simultaneously, which offers a multitude of benefits.
Multi touch kiosks are commonly utilised for wayfinding and information in public locations, such as museums and hospitals. Deploying multi-touch points in a museum enhances the visitor experience by providing access to virtual maps, exhibition information and engaging visuals. The retail sector can also benefit from multi-touch screens as they enable customers to browse and locate products. This exciting technology is also effectively used for entertaining users, engaging them in digital learning and creating a multi dimensional interactive experience.
Businesses can hugely capitalise on multi touch systems as they have extensive capabilities that allow for a fully interactive experience for both clients and employees. Multi touch interfaces are highly adaptable to fit a variety of functions and the on screen content can be modified allowing flexibility.
In all, multi touch interfaces open up a plenitude of exciting opportunities for many possible areas of application. They have great potential in enabling multiple people to interact at one time and engage in an augmented reality.