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Multitouch Twitter Wall headed for CES 2011


December 21, 2010

Visitors to CES 2011 will be able to interact with a huge multi-touch Twitter Wall that wi...

Visitors to CES 2011 will be able to interact with a huge multi-touch Twitter Wall that will display selected Tweets in real-time, along with photos and video

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Chirpy social networking portal Twitter is about to get a huge Consumer Electronics Show (CES) boost in a few weeks' time. Finland's Multitouch Ltd has announced that it will allow show visitors and exhibitors to interact with the Official 2011 International CES Twitter Wall, consisting of at least six Multitouch Cell 46 displays measuring 3 x 2 feet. Tweets will be fed to the wall in real-time from selected hashtags, including the official #CES tag, and keywords. As well as being able to open individuals posts and move them around, users will also be able to watch videos and view photos, too.

The CES Twitter Wall from Multitouch will be made up of 46-inch multi-user, multi-touch LCD displays developed for retail and digital signage applications. Each one is some 12 inches (30 cm) deep, weighs 82 pounds (37 kg) and can be configured for horizontal or vertical installations. The 100 frames-per-second computer vision system can handle unlimited touch points on the scratch-resistant front glass, and delivers full high-definition resolution with an active area of 40 x 22.5 inches (1018 x 573 mm).

The Twitter Wall installation in use

Live Tweets will be displayed as rotating spheres, which users can move around the display – dragging them from one end to the other if the mood grabs them. Photo content from Flickr and video content from the show itself will also feature, with users opening individual items by tapping on the appropriate block – after which the content can be pinched and zoomed to any desired size. Panphonics Sound Shower speakers will complete the experience by delivering directional audio to users.

The CES Twitter Wall will be located in the North Hall lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center throughout the event, which runs from January 6 - 9, 2011.

Here's a short video of what CES visitors can expect to see:

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