updated 07:45 pm EDT, Mon November 1, 2010
New Touch T6.7 is a Mac-based, touch-driven table
Berlin-based ~sedna GmbH, makers of Mac-based digital signage software for controlling large or multi-monitor displays in stores, stadiums and trade shows, is unveiling a new multi-touch table and its suite of touch-based and kiosk-creation software for the Mac, including a new version of Sedna Presenter (v2.7.2) that can use the iPad as a display device.
The Table, known as the Touch T6.7, is a roughly 5'x5'x4' large table with HDTV monitor where the surface of the table functions as a visual lightbox, allowing users to grab, move, pinch to zoom and otherwise manipulate images on a large scale. It uses gestures not unlike those seen on the iPad another such devices, but for two hands -- allowing a completely different collaborative workflow. It is pitched mainly at publications and agencies wishing to have a large table workspace to work with pictures, though it is also a popular draw at photography trade shows, museums and other such outlets.
The table sells for around $89,500US, but the software that powers it (known as Sedna Touch) is available separately for $38,500. It can be used to with other touchscreen devices to bring the "tabletop lightroom" effect to other touch-capable displays.
The two-part Sedna Presenter software creates robust slideshows and campaigns for digital signage, leveraging the power of iTunes and iCal to take images and present them automatically by schedule. The software can run on any modern Mac, including the Mac mini, and turns any monitor into digital signage running pictures, video, HTML and even a "text ticker" as a layer. The new version extends these options to the iPad, and offers a "Campaign Generator" to auto-schedule assets and "playlists" of images.
In North America, Sedna products are sold and handled by ActivateTheSpace. The company's direct price per license for the iPad Player software is around $280.