A true “natural interface” drives the whole TouchTop design. Direct manipulation of contents, intuitive zooming and rotation also using the full hand. You will find very little interface elements which distract your attention, they all fade away nicely to allow you to focus on content and workflow.
TouchTop is designed to be a full implementation of a Zooming User Interface. High resolution monitors are important, but never enough to cope with high-resolution information objects. ZUIs are a perfect solution to overcome the space limitations of screens, allowing you to reach every content with a single zoom gesture. They are flexible enough to adapt to different interaction styles, definitely the way to go with multi-touch interfaces.
TouchTop is built on a high-performance, hardware accelerated 3D engine using Microsoft DirectX technology, optimized for NVidia and ATI Radeon graphics cards. This means you will be able to interact with media and documents at full speed, while consuming very little CPU power. DirectX 9 is the reference implementation (same as Windows 7), to ensure TouchTop will run nicely on every hardware.
Seamlessly import any format to the TouchTop canvas space. A large number of image formats is supported: BMP, JPG, PNG ,TIF, TGA, DDS. Digital documents like Adobe PDFs or Microsoft Office® Word, Excel, Powerpoint, RTFs are handled natively, and other formats can be added using custom converters. TouchTop filesystem folders are synchronized with the active canvas view, so you can edit files with the associated application and have it refreshed and converted on-the-fly.
TouchTop media architecture is based on DirectShow® technology, so any codec can be reproduced as a Video content with seek capabilities. Also streaming and live video codecs are supported.
Sketching is a core TouchTop feature. Any content can be annotated with Pen, Stencil and Notes tools on a transparent layer, also on multi-page documents. Sketches are retained across sessions, and are automatically saved so that, after the meeting, you can email them to colleagues.