Press release

Digital Display Comes Alive With Multi-Touch Technology Powered By Christie Interactivity Kit

INFOCOMM CHINA/BEIJING – (April 12, 2013) – Christie® is pleased to showcase the Christie Interactivity Kit for the first time in Asia Pacific at InfoComm China, April 10-12. Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™ tracking technology, the Christie Interactivity Kit is a distinctive solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any digital display.

Designed in pieces that fit perfectly around Christie® MicroTiles®, the Christie Interactivity Kit can be configured into 84 different sizes. The kit can accommodate practically any large format display up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, or a Christie MicroTiles array measuring up to 16-units wide by 6-units tall.

The easy-to-use, field-installable kits simply attach around the display wall perimeter and plug into a computer USB port without a need for drivers. Windows® 7 automatically recognizes the Christie Interactivity Kit as a multi-touch device and no manual calibration of sensors or cameras is required. Using breakthrough Baanto™ ShadowSense™ technology, Christie Interactivity Kit offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Christie Interactivity Kit – The Simple Answer

“Many large-format touch technologies struggle with touch accuracy and response time, especially with multi-touch,” explained Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Typically you have to manually position and calibrate cameras, and install special drivers or software that must be running on the computer in order for the system to work.”

Christie’s Interactivity Kit resolves this problem by detecting the video wall’s size and configuration, and simply connecting to the computer’s USB port. When used with Windows® 7, which offers native support for multi-touch, the Interactivity Kit is automatically recognized as a multi-touch device.

“In addition to saving the time and effort of calibrating sensors and installing drivers, the Interactivity Kit is both lightweight and small for easy shipping and maneuvering into buildings while special brackets for MicroTiles handle the alignment,” continued Heslett.

Applications for Christie Interactivity Kit

“With their stunning image quality, colors and resolution, Christie MicroTiles are the perfect medium for large format interactivity,” added Heslett. “For example, on broadcast sets, where MicroTiles are very popular, an on-air commentator can analyze a sports event or election results using the Interactivity Kit on a large presentation wall. Because of their modularity, MicroTiles and the Interactivity Kit are both easy to move around and flexible in size, making them ideal for temporary events and trade shows. Rental stagers can purchase one set of gear and create a multitude of different shapes and sizes with it.

“Other great applications include museums and public institutions where visitors can explore and learn, higher education where students want to learn and connect with each other, and corporate spaces where information needs to be shared and analyzed by colleagues in a collaborative setting.”

Benefits of Christie Interactivity Kit:

  • True multi-touch performance with excellent accuracy, resolution and response rates for large-format applications.
  • Up to 18 touches on a 16 by 6 array (21.4 feet wide by 6 feet high).
  • Ease of setup with USB connection and no drivers required.
  • No manual calibration of sensors or cameras.
  • Recognized by Windows® 7 natively as a multi-touch device.
  • Seamless integration with Christie MicroTiles and Christie JumpStart.

“The Christie Interactivity Kit is an exciting breakthrough technology for creating large-format, multi-touch displays that was not possible until now – there is nothing like it. This technology opens up all kinds of new possibilities for connecting people with each other and with information, and for delivering impactful, branded experiences,” Heslett concluded.

About Christie®

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), designs, builds and installs customized projection display solutions. Christie® delivers turn-key solutions for sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

Christie is a trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., registered in the United States of America and certain other countries.
Christie® MicroTiles® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.
Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
Baanto™ and ShadowSense™ are trademarks of Baanto Inc.