Autodesk Labs Software Engineer, John Schmier, traveled to Tampa for the DistribuTECH conference. He brought our Multi-Touch Wall with him. John filed this report from this T&D (Transmission and Distribution) conference.
From John Schmier
Autodesk Labs recently displayed the Perceptive Pixel Multi-Touch Wall at the DistribuTECH conference in Tampa Florida. Autodesk hosted a meet and greet party at the Weston Hotel in Downtown Tampa for attendees to experience Autodesk Products related to the Geospatial industry and showed some of the technology being developed at Autodesk Labs. The event was held on the covered patio overlooking the Seddon Channel.
It was a very nice venue and inspired great conversation. John unpacked, assembled, and calibrated the wall in record time:
For two hours guests were invited to explore 3D mechanical models where they could dismantle the model, rotate, zoom, inspect parts, and finally reassemble them using only their hands.
In addition to exploring 3D mechanical models, users were able to explore a 3D City on the 8 foot by 3 foot wide screen. As they flew though the city, many guests noticed they were getting a bit dizzy when standing close enough that their peripheral vision encompassed the screen space.
Guests were very impressed with the Multi-Touch wall's ability to have such a large screen and show so much information on a single screen and the ability to simply walk up and move your finger(s) to look at other areas of a city in detail.
DistribuTECH provides a look at current resources, a glimpse at new industry technologies, and fast-track networking opportunities. A leading annual T&D event, DistribuTECH encompasses automation and control systems, IT, T&D engineering, power delivery equipment and water utility technology. The conference included 275 exhibitors representing 53 different product groups and 22 unique services and more than 4,500 attendees.
Providing "hands on" user experiences with design data is alive "outside" the lab. This really demonstrates The Power of Collaborative Innovation. :-) Thanks John!