August 18 2011 // Education

What's the difference? Single, Dual and Multi Touch Monitors

This blog is an overview about the differences, best uses and relative costs of the various touch monitors.

Single Touch Monitor

A single touch monitor is an electronic visual display that can detect the presence and location of a single touch within the display area. Touch monitors can also sense other passive objects, such as a stylus. In essence, your fingertip or the stylus becomes the mouse click or flick.

Best uses: menus, page turning

Hardware and development cost: $

Dual Touch Monitor

Commonly claimed to be multi touch, dual touch refers to any touch monitor that can recognize two touches and perform additional functions to manipulate the interface. The iPhone is famous for introducing this interface to the cell phone world by using it to allow pinching and stretching gestures on the screen to control zooming.

Best uses: image zoom, 3D model manipulation

Hardware and development cost: $$

Multi Touch Monitor

Multi touch is a method of input that allows three or more touches (typically 16, 32 or 60 points) on a single interface at one time by two or more people. This is the most attention-grabbing and cutting-edge technology available.

Best uses: trade show booth, learning/education

Hardware and development cost: $$$$

This is one of the coolest examples of multi touch we have seen. This video is from Infocomm 2011: Christie MicroTiles Graffiti Wall powered by Baanto.

Feel free to also view Applied Art's interactive portfolio.

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Caitlin McTaggart

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