The Interactive Touch Media Wall that started as a research project at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences by researcher Jeff Han, is now available for purchase for a sweet $100,000. Featured in Neiman Marcus’ 2007 Christmas Book Catalog For The Really Rich, (actually just called The Christmas Book), the media wall allows a user to interact with several net-based programs on a multi-touch-sensitive, high-resolution screen. The user can manipulate multimedia with more than one finger at a time, such as the cropping of pictures, zooming through Google Maps, and other apps reminiscent of the film Minority Report. It’s also supposed to be smudge resistant, easy to use, and very durable (as would be expected of surfaces receiving constant use from accident-prone humans).
Check out Wired’s interview with Jeff Han from earlier in the year right here, and if you want to buy the touch wall, go right here or to Han’s Perceptive Pixel website. Mr. Han and his tech innovation received enormous buzz beginning at the 2006 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference, forcing his research from the confines of his NYU lab to the dark (but welcoming) embrace of the high-tech product market.