Perceptive Pixel's new multi-touch display

June 08, 2011 |
Jeff Yoders

Last October, I had a chance to meet Jefferson Han at an HP event, founder of Perceptive Pixel, a developer of multi-touch touchscreen computers such as the election maps most news stations use on election night. Since then I’ve been waiting patiently to see a multi-touch product from Perceptive Pixel.

Last month they introduced the world’s first multi-touch display computer, a 27” projected capacitive LCD display at Display Week 2011 in New York. This is the first and only solution with performance and a form factor appropriate for professional users in fields such as geo-intelligence, digital content creation, CAD and BIM, energy exploration, medical imaging and other visualization-intensive sectors.

The new 27" display allows users to work directly on screen with nothing more than their hands to access and manipulate complex data and workflows, leading to higher productivity and faster decision-making. For architects, this means drawing AutoCAD or Microstation lines and manipulating complex forms with their own hands. It also means panning in and out to check for interferences the same way for engineers and architects reviewing 3D models.

Perceptive Pixel engineers have achieved this industry first by optically bonding the sensor glass to the display, completely solving the issue of having to use too thick of a sensor glass to allow use by detailed applications like the ones used for CAD and BIM. The result is better touch performance and a response time of less than one millisecond.

“Our new 27" display is the first product to employ our patented projected capacitive (Pro-Cap) controller technology. It’s a game-changer for the industry,” said Han. “With our partners, we will fundamentally transform the way we work with computers."

The system also uses NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and SDI capture cards. With a server (it’s certified to run on an HP Z800) and a runtime license included, the MSRP of the 27” system is $14,000.

Jeff Yoders | Building Team Blog

For five years Jeff Yoders covered IT, CAD, and BIM as Senior Associate Editor of Building Design + Construction. He's a chair at-large of the Associated General Contractors of America's BIM Forum and speaks regularly to audiences about how to transition to digital workflows. Jeff has won four American Society of Business Publications Editors awards.

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