Ideum Multitouch Tables Featured KASA TV This Morning

This morning, Paul Lacey, Chief Technical Officer and John-Mark Collins, Producer: Creative Services were invited to visit the set of 2 KASA to showcase some of the exciting projects we have been working on. They brought a Platform 46 touch table to show our most recent work for Coca-Cola for The World Cup in Brazil.  Here are the two video segments from KASA TV.


Ideum’s New Usability + Prototyping Lab

This August our new Usability+ Prototyping Lab will be operational. (For those of you who are familiar with Ideum, this completes our second, “Building D” expansion.)  A 4,000+ square foot flexible space, the Usability + Prototyping Lab will help support Ideum’s diverse media, software, and hardware initiatives. The Lab will support product development and custom exhibit work in a variety of different ways.

Testing and Usability
The space will have a testing and usability area with a dedicated Device Lab. Dozens of mobiles phones, tablets, game controllers, multitouch screens, motion recognition cameras, and other HCI devices will be permanently available for testing. This testing area will be used for our custom mobile, Web, and kiosk development and it will help support our GestureWorks Gameplay software which can be used a variety of Windows 8 tablets and Android tablets and phones.

Hardware Prototyping
The prototying space will allow us to more easily develop new concept multitouch tables like our prototype 55” Platform touch table which recently debuted at infocomm 2014. In addition, custom built exhibits from touch walls to touch tables and other types of computer-based interactives will be developed in this fully-equipped space. By separating our prototyping and custom work, we’ve also freed up additional production space to meet the increased demand for our multitouch table and touch wall products.

While the Usability + Prototyping Lab is mostly open space, a soundproof room is being constructed for our CNC router, power tools, and 3D printers.  This quiet room will allow us to fabricate small pieces and make modifications to prototypes and custom exhibits.

Media Production & More
A video and photography shooting area is planned with a dual setup allowing a green screen/green floor in one direction and “living room” set in the other. The set section will be able to be configured in a variety of different ways. Dedicated studio lighting will simplify the production of exhibit content development, video interviews, product shots, and portfolio pieces.

Finally, the Lab will have a “showroom” area will house our multitouch table rentals when they are not out for events. This area will be used for visitors but we will be able to do video conferencing product demos.

Here are some photographs of the space as we are just getting started. We will post more photos as the build out continues.


The New Cooper-Hewitt Experience

Cooper-Hewitt Design MuseumThe Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be reopening to the public on December 12, 2014 and Ideum is playing a big part in their improved visitor experience. Throughout the gallery, there will be interactive collections and exhibitions, complete with large projected capactive (pro-cap) displays, custom designed and engineered by Ideum. Along with the team at Cooper Hewitt, we are working with some great partners including: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Local Projects, among others.

The displays at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum are the world’s first fully-integrated 4K Ultra High-Definition pro-cap multitouch tables that use stylus input.  There will be 55” and 84” tables throughout the museum that will allow visitors to utilize a specialized stylus “pen” to gather information and drawings as they visit the various exhibits.  Each table will allow several users the ability to gather information at the same time.  The 55” table allows six users and the 84” will allow eight users to simultaneously utilize the table and gather personalized information.  

To learn more visit the Cooper-Hewitt website and The New York Times


Ideum Next Generation Prototypes at InfoComm in Las Vegas

During InfoComm in Las Vegas, June 18 – 20, 2014, Ideum will have several prototypes on display in the 3M booth (N2063).  Front and center is a next generation concept for the Platform 55 Multitouch table running the latest version of Android (4.4 KitKat) & Windows 8. The concept table has an amazingly thin top display design (its profile is less than an inch) and uses 3M 55″ prototype touch technology.

 3M 55" Multitouch Table Prototype

3M 55" Multitouch Table Prototype

Also on display will be our current Platform 46 Multitouch table featuring the 3M™ Multitouch display C4667PW with prototype software demo using fiducial markers on its projected capacitive touch surface.  


The fiducial marker system that will be available for demo on the Ideum Platform touch table will allow tangible interfaces with projected capacitive touch displays.  This presents new opportunities as these physical markers can be used as “game pieces” or used to identify individual users.  The physical markers are made using 3D printing technology, giving the ability to make them inexpensively and in unlimited shapes and sizes.   

In addition, attendees will be able to demo Ideum’s custom built software to play a 4-player foosball game, just in time for the FIFA World Cup.  The multiuser table top game uses Ideum’s innovative GestureWorks multitouch touch software.  

To learn more, read the full press release: InfoComm-3M-press-release-2014

For more photos, visit Flickr.  



Join Open Exhibits and Ideum at AAM’s Museum Expo

Next week Open Exhibits and Ideum will be at the annual AAM Museum Expo in Seattle, Washington. Join us at our booth (#2809) in the Technology Innovation Zone from May 19th – May 21st. We’ll be featuring interactive software applications created with the Open Exhibits SDK on Ideum’s 4K UHD Platform 55 Drafting Table and Platform 46 Full-Size Table.  We will also have print copies of the HCI+ISE conference findings available for free! We look forward to seeing you! Shoot us an email at info(at)ideum.com if you’d like to meet up. 



Human Computer Interaction & the Next Generation of Exhibits

HCI Science Center ExhibitsComputer-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.



Ideum at CES 2014 Las Vegas

2014 CES

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 in action for two players on a Platform 46 Coffee 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!


Ideum Multitouch Tables Now Available to Rent!

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 sales@ideum.com. Rentals are available in the United States and Canada only.



Ideum Creative Services – Portfolio Update

Over the last few years, we’ve become fairly well known for our hardened multitouch tables and touch walls.  What some people don’t know is that we provide creative services in the areas of application development and custom exhibits. In fact, our firm has been developing interactive exhibits for nearly fifteen years. 

To better showcase these services we’ve redesigned our portfolio site. We’ve also added new projects including: Visit Indy – a multitouch-enabled 3D interactive exhibit exploring the city of Indianapolis and Survey George Washington – a multiuser interactive developed with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In addition, earlier this year we added projects with SFMOMA, Gateway Science Museum, and Spinnaker Tower to the interactive exhibits section of our portfolio. 

We’ve added many additional photographs to the Ideum Flickr site showing these custom applications and some of the custom hardware that we’ve produced (a few examples below).

Visit IndySurveying George Washington Surveying George Washington

Currently, we are working on projects with George Washington’s Mount Vernon (yes, another George Washington project!), Citizen Science, the National Park Service, NASA, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These projects will be appearing in our portfolio in the coming months. 


New Version of Informal Science is Live

Informal Science Website Screenshot

This week the new site for the Informal Science website (informalscience.org) was launched. Ideum, in collaboration with CAISE (The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) and the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, designed the site and compiled the resources of three previous educational sites into a single, comprehensive online destination for informal science education (ISE) professionals. The site was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Along with a new and improved design, the Informal Science website features an active member community, interactive guides, a robust project and research search engine, discussion forum, in-depth wiki and much more.

Learn more about the Informal Science web project in our portfolio.


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