SKR – a rather successful company with lots of experience in the Android space, has just come out with a novel concept: huge multitouch displays of up to 46 inches that run on Android! Their prototype marks one of the first times Android has come to a huge (multi)touchable display.
This particular image is of a 32 inch prototype, and it runs off a regular Android terminal, connected via USB to the touch sensors, while HDMI displays the digital goodness. Right off the bat, the company seems to have hit a few of the sweet spots including a fully functioning Android environment and interface, and support for full HD video. Here’s what SKR had to say about their new system.
Our company makes digital signage, and people were asking us to create a large screen device which has multi-touch functionality like a smartphone. We first tried to make it using Windows 7, but it didn’t meet the needs of our customers. They said they wanted crisp, fluid movement like in a smartphone but with a high resolution display. But when we asked touch panel and peripheral manufacturers they said they don’t support the Android OS, so we were temporarily stalled. We want to do a lot more work with Android in the future, so we decided to develop the system ourselves.
The video above shows some pretty slick integration, and the performance looks to be quite snappy. SKR hasn’t just sat back and plugged a couple of cables together, though. They worked diligently for some time to develop their own device drivers so that Android would perform and play nice on such a massive, multitouch display. With plans to commercialize even larger form factors including 46 inches, and a smaller 23 inch variant, we have dreams of embedding one of these into our coffee tables in a few years from now. Obviously there is huge commercial appeal for such a system, and if it can be produced at a reasonable cost, we so no reason why SKR shouldn’t be hugely successful. The video really is just but a taste of what’s to come, and it looks amazing.
“We plan to have our product lineup ready for commercialization by September. Right now we are just showing the module, but of course, the actual product will have a case. We are also considering vertical displays, which smartphones are also capable of. We intend to utilize applications that run on Android in our kiosk solutions in the future, not just Windows based solutions as we have done in the past.
Any thoughts? Remind you of anything from Microsoft? Want this embedded into your coffee table?