H-P Testing a Touchless "Wall of Touch"

Published on January 19, 2010
by Lauren Goode

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is testing out a new design of its TouchSmart technology that doesn’t actually require customers to touch the screen.

The new design, called the “wall of touch,” is an interactive touch screen wall comprised of up to nine 43 inch to 46 inch, 1.5 inch thick panels with a resolution of 1080p. Driven by an H-P Z800 workstation, the wall acts as a large immersive H-P TouchSmart computer both in terms of content and resolution. Users can access cable feeds, satellite feeds, downloaded and streaming content from the web such as YouTube,, and social networking sites, as well view DVR and DVD content.

Philip McKinney, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of H-P’s Personal Systems Group, recently stopped in New York to show off the technology. Unlike most touch screen interfaces, users don’t have to make actual contact with the wall for it to interpret their gestures.

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