MultiTouch, Ltd., developer of the world's first modular multi-touch LCD screen for large-scale displays, today announced that it has collaborated with interactive design firm Second Story to create an interactive multitouch table for the University of Oregon's Ford Alumni Center in Eugene, Oregon. The table consists of a single surface that is comprised of four 46-inch MultiTouch Cell units. Users can touch "O" shapes the university's logo in opposite corners of each of the four displays. When the Os are touched, users get a dialog box that enables them to search the entire university alumni database by searching on name, year, or special events.
As an integral architectural element of the Ford Alumni Center, the table is positioned in the center of the building. The design motif, a cascade, includes a flow of Os that are animated in the background on the table. When users interact with the background, more Os are spawned from their fingers. Messages can be sent to any of the 240,000 alumni through the alumni center's web site, and they appear on the table.