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Huge touchscreen built at University of Dundee

Huge touchscreen built at University of Dundee

A touchscreen measuring more than 4m2 has been built by EPSRC funded researchers at the University of Dundee's school of computing.

The Analysis Wall is designed to plot the path of a debate, separating out the arguments in real time and allowing direct participants and those online to make contributions in parallel.

It is seen as a tool which could remove much of the distinction between a radio or television debate and the commentary it prompts online. Analysts and stenographers can quickly place each comment on the screen and arrange them in different patterns, structuring comments and new threads of discussion.

The wall has a touch sensitive area of 3.1 by 1.4m and is big enough for a team of eight analysts to work on at the same time.

"Whether you're looking at real time environmental risk management, intelligence analysis, criminal investigation, or plotting the path of a political debate, it comes down to getting many smart, well trained analysts together, supported by the right hardware plus smooth, well engineered software underpinned by solid theory of reasoning and argument," commented Professor Chris Reed, leader of the team that built the Analysis Wall.

The technology has been tested live by using a discussion on the BBC Radio 4 programme 'The Moral Maze'.

Simon Fogg

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