Company

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.

Awards

Diego Rivera Mural Table

Philadelphia, PA

Wall Street Journal review of the exhibit: "Even huge, unmovable murals—still the most remarkable aspect of Mexican
modernism—are present via three digital displays. The best one projects, in rotating panels, the
courtyard façade of Mexico City’s Ministry of Public Education, which Rivera had covered with
“Ballad of the Agricultural Revolution” (1926-27) and “Ballad of the Proletarian Revolution”
(1928-29). An interactive display explains his powerful scenes and some of their characters (such
as Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller in “Wall Street Banquet”). It’s an excellent use of
technology in an art museum.
"

Lights of Inclusion Floor Game

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

AAM Muse Silver Award, 2014 for Lights of Inclusion Floor Game

Map of the Future - Climate Change Simulation Table

Itinerant Exhibit

2010/11 Applied Arts Interactive Award, winner

2011 A Touch of Code - Interactive Installations and Experiences book, featured Project

Sprint Digital Lounge Tables

Kansas City, MO

2010 HOW Magazine Internation Design Annual, award of merit

2009 Applied Arts Interactive Awards, winner

2009 Communication Arts Interactive Annual, winner

2009 Association for Retail Environments (A-R-E) Store Fixture Award

Interactive Books

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

2008 Muse Award Bronze Medal