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MulitiTouch Ltd. lands in the U.S.

MultiTouch Ltd., which bills itself as the developer of the world’s first modular multi-touch LCD screen for large-scale displays, officially launched its U.S. presence earlier this week.

The Helsinki, Finland-based company will initially operate its North American operations from offices in New York City and San Jose, Calif.

MultiTouch recently presented at CES 2010 the first native Windows 7 multitouch applications for its MultiTouch Cell displays, providing new opportunities for Windows 7 application developers.

Earlier this week MultiTouch conducted demonstrations of its systems at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, showing off its Windows 7-native multitouch support on the MultiTouch Cell table, as well as an eight-foot-wide multitouch wall that connects four LCD-based Full HD Cells, and the MultiTouch Cornerstone SDK for multiplatform support, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The MultiTouch Cell displays enable multiple users to manipulate images on the displays — whether playing games, resizing maps, pictures, or videos — by tracking the actual fingers and hands, for richer interaction. The modular MultiTouch displays can be configured as standalone 32-inch or 46-inch units, or can be stacked for large-scale commercial/industrial displays.
The company’s patented high-performance systemtracks an unlimited number of hands on the screens at 120 frames per second, in bright daylight and in dark environments. The MultiTouch Cell is a modular and stackable LCD cell with built-in multiuser and multitouch capabilities with full HD 1920×1080 pixel resolution.

“The collaborative display market is about to explode, as people learn how to use multitouch smart phone and PC kiosk applications and integrate them into real-time collaborative use. Our software and hardware designs can be customized for elaborate networked applications that take full advantage of existing operating systems and applications,” said Timo Korpela, general manager of North America for MultiTouch Ltd. “We anticipate that the digital signage and corporate display markets will move toward greater use of multitouch display systems, and we want to shape the way users interact with information displays.”