A pioneer in the field, Tactable has developed and refined its own multi-touch technology – both hardware (tables and walls) and software (touch-sensing system). We also create state-of-the-art customized applications and experiences using our technology to make large display surfaces come alive. Our interactive tables and walls recognize and track dozens of simultaneous finger and object interactions enabling people to touch and interact naturally with anything from retail and advertising content, to ancient antiquities, to art or media such as music or film — making memorable experiences out of interactive digital content.
Tactable was started in 2007 by Henry Kaufman and Tinsley Galyean, who have worked together creating interactive exhibits since 1997. Tactable grew out of its parent company Nearlife, founded by Mr. Galyean in 1996, and which changed the boundaries of interactive digital entertainment. In 1999, Nearlife worked with the MIT Media Lab to develop one of the first public interactive touch tables for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In 2007, Nearlife spun out Tactable to focus primarily on creating unique large-scale multi-touch experiences, which allowed us to build on our unique set of skills and insights and start with a large toolkit for making these experiences intuitive and evocative.
We have designed and created interactive installations for many museum establishments, including the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, the Liberty Science Center in N.J, New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Detroit Institute of Art; for arts organizations such as Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas; as well as for companies such as Sprint, HP, British Telecom, and Accenture.
Tactable can create and deliver complete solutions — custom design and fabrication of multi-touch tables and walls using our platform, as well as multi-touch application design and development. We also often work with other design firms, licensing our technology and providing interaction consulting to use our multi-touch platform most effectively. Delivering soup-to-nuts solutions or working with partners, Tactable’s goal is the same: to realize our client’s vision by focusing on their audience experience — and making it outstanding.