QUT’s Cube Uses 48 Interactive Touchscreens in Two-Story Virtual Aquarium
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — News comes our way of a new interactive multimedia installation that claims to use the world’s largest continuous array of touchscreen displays. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has recently completed a new $230 million Science and Engineering Center at their Gardens Point campus that now features one of the world’s largest digital interactive public learning spaces.
Drawing on knowledge and data from QUT researchers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM), the new installation, called The Cube provides opportunities for the public to discover, visualize and contribute to the University’s ongoing projects. Environments are replicated at a real-world scale, allowing the public to experience real project scenarios and explore some of the world’s biggest science questions of the 21st century.
The Cube’s multimedia deployment features a continuous wrap-around installation of 48 individual, 55-inch ultra-thin bezel MultiTaction displays from MultiTouch Ltd., a leading developer of multi-touch systems. The installation was built by Pro AV Solutions Queensland, and marks one of the world’s largest deployments of touchscreen displays in a continuous array.
The Cube comprises several educational zones, including a two-story “Virtual Reef” that delivers a fully immersive marine life experience. By simply touching a marine animal as it appears on the display, visitors can learn and expand their knowledge about life on the reef over the entire 46-foot interactive wall. The Cube’s educational zones include a Virtual Reef: Marine life interactive experience; CubIT: QUT interactive research access and collaboration; Community Science wall: Queensland experiences, including the 2011 Brisbane floods; ECOS: Energy consumption and its impact on climate; Physics Playroom: Learning in a game-like environment
“For anyone interacting with The Cube, it’s the MultiTaction Cells that lend the installation its magic. Through this innovative technology, we are able to break down the imagined barriers between academia and the public, making The Cube a center of scientific exploration for all who care to participate,” said Dr. Gordon Howell, Associate Director, Learning Environments Support at QUT.
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