NEWS AND UPDATES FROM IDEUM
Regarded as one of the best the sources for groundbreaking music, film, and technology, South by Southwest™ (SXSW) is the perfect venue for Ideum’s forward-thinking and social large-scale multitouch hardware.
This year Ideum partner 3M will be hosting an Idea Exchange at SXSW Interactive on March 7-9, in Austin, Texas. Featured at the 3M Idea Exchange will be their latest technology including Ideum’s Platform 46 Coffee Table, Android OS Coffee Table, and Full-size Multitouch Table that integrate 46″ 3M projected capacitive displays. 3M will also have our super fun, multiuser, 3D foosball application on a table for Idea Exchange visitors to play.
If you are attending SXSW, stop by the 3M Idea Exchange to see our hardware and chat with 3M about what’s hot this year in interactive technology.
Ideum and 3M’s partnership continues to produce innovative advances in large-scale multitouch hardware. Tomorrow morning, at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) in Las Vegas, the two companies will make an announcement unveiling the high performance Ideum Platform 46 Coffee Table with Android OS. In case you missed it, we blogged last week about Ideum and 3M at DSE 2014 in Las Vegas.
The coffee table features 3M’s 46-inch multitouch display (C4667PW) and Ideum’s signature multitouch table build.
Access super fast apps on the Platform 46 Coffee Table including the same Android apps available for tablets and smartphones. From games and social media to organization and lifestyle apps, this coffee table provides entertainment for everyone.
The Platform 46 Coffee Table’s integrated computer will run Android Version 4.1 (Jellybean) on Intel’s x86 architecture and will be available for purchase later in 2014. The combination of Android and Intel-based hardware makes for an incredibly fast system. This platform will provide new options for developers looking to build locked-down applications for public spaces. We will be expanding this option to other systems and offering dual-OS systems later this year.
Below is a video of the Android coffee table in action. (Update: February 12, 2014) Here is the joint 3M & Ideum press release on the Wall Street Journal site. The press kit can be found on the 3M website.
Ideum multitouch products head to Las Vegas again for the Digital Signage Expo 2014 (DSE) from February 12-13. Our tables will be featured in the 3M booth (#1600) – see our Platform 46 Coffee Table, Full-size Table, and Drafting Multitouch Table. We will also be making an exciting new product announcement with 3M – stay tuned!
3M will be pairing the tables with our innovative GestureWorks Gameplay product for Windows 8 and Visit Indy a custom 3D way finding application our Creative Services team developed with RATIO Architects.
Check out our the video for our most recent release, the Platform 46 Drafting Multitouch Table:
Computer-based technology continues to evolve at an ever-accelerating rate, creating both opportunities and challenges for science centers and museums. We are now seeing computing enter new realms, one that are potentially more promising for exhibit development than earlier ones.
The text above is the opening to a new article, Human Computer Interaction and the Next Generation of Science Center Exhibits written by Jim Spadaccini the (Founder and Creative Director of Ideum) which appears in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of the Association of Science – Technology Center’s Dimension’s Magazine.
While we strongly encourage you to subscribe to Dimensions, we’ve also posted the PDF version of the article here (Human Computer Interaction and the Next Generation of Science Center Exhibits – 300kb PDF) for those of you who are interested but are not regular readers of ASTC Dimensions. The article was reposted with permission from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Inc.
This is big, really big! All of our 55″, 65″, and 100″ multitouch tables and touch walls are now available with 4x the resolution of standard HD. Our new 4K Ultra HD touch tables and walls have 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, as opposed to the standard HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. For multitouch interaction at an arms length from the screen, this vastly improved resolution is a game changer.
We’ve updated our Platform 55, Pro 55, Pro Lab, and Platform 55 & 65 drafting multitouch tables. Our Presenter touch walls both in 55 and 65 formats have also been updated to include the option of 4K UHD displays. We’ve even redesigned the massive Pano 100″ multitouch table, which now boasts dual 4K displays, providing an 8K (7540 x 2160) resolution!
While UHD TVs might lack 4K content, computer-based interactive applications just need to be authored to take advantage for this new resolution. (We are still offering our standard HD models as we know that many of you have HD resolution content that you want to present.)
We have been asked about providing improved resolution for our products for some time now and, until recently, it was prohibitively expensive. However, now that 4K screens have become more established, we can offer a 4K UHD option for a few thousand dollars more than our standard HD models. Please contact us directly at sales (at) ideum.com or call our sales line at 505-792-1110 for pricing.
Check out coverage of our 4K UHD models in Gizmag.
Viva Las Vegas! Ideum and GestureWorks will be at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, January 7-10, showing off our latest hardware and software offerings. The best place to see our hardware is the 3M Touch Systems booth, South Hall 3 – 30459. There will four (yes, four!) Ideum multitouch tables in the 3M booth. We will have our 32″ and 46″ Multitouch Coffee Tables, our Platform 46″ Multitouch Table, and our newest form factor, the Platform 46 Drafting Multitouch Table.
A few Ideum-built multitouch apps will be featured in the 3M booth. You can check out our 3D Multitouch Foosball application and the Visit Indy interactive exhibit. Also, check out two-player PC games touch-enabled with GestureWorks Gameplay. These two-player touch controllers provide an arcade-like experience on a large multitouch table.
GestureWorks Gameplay will also be featured in Intel booth at CES 2014, Central Hall – 7252. Gameplay software will be running on a number of All-In-One systems. You can play Castle Crashers, Trine, and Duck Tales with Gameplay touch controllers. Gameplay will also make an appearance in the Intel 2-in-1 and tablet areas of their booth. We will do another post closer to CES with more details!
Duck Tales on GestureWorks Gameplay.
Come on by the 3M and Intel and check us out. If you’d like to meet up, just send us an email at: info -at- ideum.com. See you in Vegas!
One of the most requested items we had this year, was for an angled version of our touch table. We developed a custom table this summer for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Surveying George Washington Exhibit. This month we built our first production model: the Platform Multitouch Drafting Table. It is now available for order.
Our take on the classic mechanical desk has a fixed display at a 30 degree angle for comfortable interaction. The Ideum signature Platform pedestal can be paired with a 46″, 55″, or 65″ multitouch display. The 46″ models comes with a 3M Display that allows for 60 simultaneous touch points. The Platform Drafting Multitouch Table is integrated with a high performance Intel Quad-Core i7 with 8GB RAM and can be upgraded to include a powerful, discrete graphics card and other options.
Like all of our hardware, the Platform Drafting Multitouch Table comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty and a lifetime Pro license to our GestureWorks authoring software (both Core and Flash). Our innovative GestureKey and GestureWorks Gameplay utilities also come with a drafting table purchase.
With the Samsung SUR40 multitouch table, apparently being discontinued, those of you who were fans can transfer your love to our Platform 46 full-size and coffee tables. Integrated with a 46” 3M projected capacitive display and built for demanding public and semi-public spaces, our Platform 46 tables shine where the SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense fell short.
Check out the extensive features of the Ideum Platform 46 multitouch tables:
• Available in counter or coffee table heights (reflective of the Surface 1?)
• Incredibly durable, constructed of aircraft grade aluminum (frame and housing made in the USA)
• A powerful i7 computer included with many optional upgrades
• Impervious to even the most demanding lighting conditions (*ahem*)
• Integrated with 3M projected capacitive touch screens that are capable of 60 simultaneous touch points
• Has secure lockable controls
• Comes with Windows 8.1 OS installed
• Compatible with applications built with Microsoft Surface Software Development Kit (SDK)
• Bundled with our GestureWorks software development frameworks and the GestureWorks Gameplay utility for making PC games touch enabled
Applications created for the SUR40 table can effortlessly run on the Platform 46 (and virtually all of our multitouch tables). We support Windows 7 / 8 touch events as well as theTUIO protocol. You won’t lose a thing, you’ll gain performance and reliability. The Platform touch table is a great replacement.
Have your coffee and touch screen, too.
See the features of the Platform 46 full-size table in the video:
See the specifications for the Platform multitouch tables. The Platform 46 full-sized multitouch table and multitouch coffee tables are also available for rent. See our Multitouch Rentals microsite for more details.
As we have expanded our line of multitouch hardware, one of the most frequent questions we get is about the difference between the two types of touch technologies that we employ.
To help demystify the technical differences, this post will speak to the two distinct types of touch technology that we use in our multitouch hardware: projected capacitive touch and infrared (IR) overlay. Both are robust and reliable technologies, but there are some significant differences in both how they work and in the types of settings that one would consider optimal for each touch technology.
Projected Capacitive Technology
Projected capacitive (pro-cap or PCT) touch technology is used in such popular handheld devices as smartphones and tablets. Only recently has the technology been able to be scaled up for use in large screen applications like multitouch tables.
How does pro-cap work? Touch is detected when a finger or stylus comes in contact with the surface which signals a change in the system’s electromagnetic field and capacitance. The change, triggered by the touch, is then pin-pointed and converted to locations on an X, Y grid that the system uses to determine the placement of the touch. A conductive grid pattern of is applied to film or glass to create the projected capacitive field.
The pros of projected capacitive touch systems are:
• bezel-less technology (flush all glass surface)
• impervious to light interference, works in any setting
• very accurate and responsive, same technology found in tablets and smart phones.
• will only detect touch from a finger or stylus
• solid objects can be placed on the display surface without interrupting touch capabilities on other areas of the display
• easy to clean (water and dust resistant)
• capable of 60 touch points
• smooth gesture recognition
• rapid and smooth response
• technology not widely available in larger sized screens
• some film applications can interfere with image quality
We use projected capacitive touch technology with our Platform Multitouch Coffee Tables and our full-sized Platform 46 Multitouch Table. Since the glass surface is flush (no bezel) and water resistant (IP54 rating) we use it exclusively on our multitouch coffee tables.
Infrared (IR) Touch Overlays
Infrared touch overlays are embedded in a bezel around the display and emit vertical and horizontal rows of infrared LEDs and sensors. The infrared light in the overlay creates an invisible grid of infrared beams and sensors detect touch when the plane of the grid is broken by a finger touch (or other solid object).
The pros of infrared overlays:
• scales to larger displays and is economical
• up to 40 simultaneous touch points
• accurate touch, short response time
• smooth gesture recognition
• easy to create custom sized screens
• monitor and touch overlay are discrete, allowing for upgrades or easy replacement
• performs in just about any indoor lighting environment (unlike many camera-based or vision-based systems, such as the SUR40)
• does not interfere in any way with image quality
• solid objects or other obstructions can cause occlusion
• the IR overlay creates a bezel around the screen
• while accurate, touch fidelity is generally better with pro-cap systems
• performance can be affected by extremely bright outdoor light or direct sunlight
• accessing the Windows 8 OS charms menu can be difficult because of the bezel
We use infrared touch systems on our larger touch displays as it is an affordable, readily available, reliable, and easily scalable technology. All of our large (55” and 65”) touch walls use IR overlays, as do the 55” Platform Multitouch Table, 55” Pro Multitouch Tables, and the 100” Pano Multitouch Table.
Images courtesy of 3M Touch Systems, check out their Touch Topics site to learn more.
We’ve always been asked if we rent our multitouch tables, well now we do! Finally, you can rent a Platform 46 full-size table or a Platform 46 / 32 coffee table for your event. Wow your guests or clients with our one-of-a-kind tables and present your content with socially engaging technology. We offer short and long-term rentals to accommodate your needs.
Check out our multitouch rentals microsite for more information.
For questions, and for bookings and availability, please contact us at (505) 792-1110 ext. 1 or toll free in the US and Canada (855) 898-6824, or email@example.com. Rentals are available in the United States and Canada only.