Open Exhibits - Research - Papers



Comparison of Multitouch Wall and Touch Table Format


This report details the findings of a comparison between a multitouch interactive wall display and a multitouch table display. The research was done as part of the Open Exhibits project, a National Science Foundation funded project (#1010028) designed to develop, test, and disseminate a suite of original, open source, multitouch-enabled, exhibit software.

One potential of the multitouch table the research team explored is whether the table as a format is more social experience for visitors than the same content if it were shown in a multitouch vertical environment, i.e. hanging on a wall. This cued study of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History used a controlled condition to review the same content within the Collections Viewer in both a horizontal and vertical format. Both devices were running the same Open Exhibits (OE) software.