by Jim Spadaccini and Hugh McDonald, Creative Director and Producer October 18th, 2017
Multitouch tables and displays provide important benefits for users in museums and other public spaces, including using flexible, reconfigurable platforms to present information and experiences and allowing multiple users to explore content simultaneously (Creed, Sivell, and Sear, 2013; East, 2015). Using physical objects in conjunction with multitouch tables has been possible since the first such tables were developed a decade ago. In fact, the value of receiving tactile feedback and being able to enter or manipulate information while looking at a screen have been recognized since computer interfaces were in their infancy (Weiss, Wagner, Jansen, Jennings, Khoshabeh, Hollan, & Borchers, 2009). However, the development of tangible-object interfaces picked up speed with technological advances leading to a broader range of touch-sensitive input devices.