Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall (Part 1)

For the latest installments see: Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall (Part 2), Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall (Part 3) , Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall (Part 4) and Building a High-Resolution Multitouch Wall (Part 5). (Update 9/7/12: You might want checkout the Presenter Touch Wall, a 65″ multitouch wall built for public spaces.)

We’ve just begun work on our most ambitious installation to date: a 7′ round, high-resoultion, multitouch wall. The exhibit is being built for a major North American aquarium and it will be installed in early summer 2011. We are building out a rig to hold two short-throw HD projectors and four cameras.  A powerful custom-built  PC will be used for tracking and powering the projectors.

Here are some photos of us getting started. Paul Lacey, Chris Steinmetz and I will post updates as we continue to build out the exhibit over the next few months.

The 7 foot ring getting into the studio

The seven foot ring being placed in Ideum’s Studio. (More on Flickr)

Monster Sized PC

A huge aluminum case (25.24″ x 8.66″ x 24.92) is needed to house the EVGA Classified EATX System board.

Here are the rest of the specs for the system:

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 3.33 GHz
nVidia Quadro FX 5800 4GB GDDR3
12GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 (credit sicard)
2x 300GB 10,000 RPM WD Velociraptor Hard Disk Drives (RAID 1)
920Watt Enermax 85+ Power Supply
3 PCIE Firewire Cards (cameras)
Windows 7 Pro 64bit

We’ll post an update as we begin to build out the projector rig.

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