Multi-touch, big-screen interfaces are all the rage among the cable news networks -- most notably CNN and its Magic Wall, which even earned its own Saturday Night Live spoof. More recently, NBC got into the act by bringing in a Microsoft Surface tabletop computer, putting a high-tech sheen on its political coverage.
The concepts are similar, the implementations very different.
CNN's Magic Wall, from Perceptive Pixel, has a vertical orientation that makes for a much more natural feel on camera.[…]