HP Brings Wall-sized Touchscreen Out of Sci-Fi Movies

January 18, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

What do you think of a huge wall-sized display that responds to your touch? HP has unveiled something like that, named the VantagePoint, which can be used in high-end retail displays or battlefield control rooms. The San Francisco 49ers, one of the key partners in the project, has also started selling seats in their new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, California, with this one.

The VantagePoint is actually six 47-inch HP 4730G displays stuck together. The display is 11 feet wide by 7 feet high, and is driven by two computers with one graphics card.

It runs a standard Microsoft Windows OS. The six displays fit into a big aluminum frame with an infrared touch overlay that can recognize 32 fingers simultaneously.

HP worked with Corning to make an especially thin, 2 mm version of its Gorilla Glass to cover the monitors. That makes the touchscreen especially easy to use, according to Mickie Calkins, the VantagePoint program manager with HP.

49ers Sales VP Al Guido had been touring the country learning how other football teams sold their tickets, and HP invited him over to check out the huge display.

The HP VantagePoint touch wall in our preview sales center creates a wow factor, Guido says. It allows us to showcase our inventory and the newSanta Clarastadium in a unique visual demonstration that has undoubtedly helped our sales efforts.

HP wants to shake up the market for very large interactive screens with this product, which is big and dramatic enough to turn heads.

But HP says that it’s also cheap and easy enough to use that it will attract customers who might have previously passed on the thought of a massive touchwall.

You know, Guido told HP he wanted something more like the science-fiction touchscreens in the 2002 movie, Minority Report. They have all these touchscreens and people are moving stuff and I just felt that that’s where it is heading, he said.

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