3M Unveils 22-inch Multi-touch Display

3M claims innovation with 10-finger touch LCD screen

While most multi-touch technologies support two-finger touch and gestures, 3M’s multi-touch technology supports 10-finger touch input and advanced gesture capability, with the M2256PW 22-inch high-definition, multi-touch LCD display.

“Over the past six months software developers from around the world have been working with the 3M multi-touch platform to develop… concepts for multi-touch applications”, says Chris Tsourides, Business Unit Manager, 3M Touch Systems. Consumers and prosumers [professional consumers] have come to expect multi-touch functionality in their everyday electronic devices. The release of the M2256PW display provides a technological leap in multi-touch interactivity, surpassing traditional two-finger multi-touch by providing full, 10-finger multi-touch capability.”

The unit features a high-definition 1680 x 1050 LCD screen, DVI and VGA video input, audio input, USB and RS232 (serial) dual-mode communication protocol and an anti-glare front surface. Applications include computer aided design, digital signage, computer gaming, security monitoring systems, education and training, and teleconferencing.

The M2256PW display is compatible with Windows 7 so no third party touch drivers are required. For Linux and Windows XP/Vista/7 operating systems, 3M plans to offer a multi-touch driver and software utility, and will offer communication protocol documents for customers who wish to develop their own drivers.