Back in June we announced a major refresh of our multitouch tables, now we’ve redesigned the Presenter multitouch wall. We’ve learned alot since we announced the first Presenter model back in January. This new model is thinner (2″ inches!), modular (you can purchase just the screen), and like the Pro and Platform it has improved performance and now comes with RFID. Another change is that the new Presenter is designed to be hung either in a traditional horizontal configuration or vertically.
The Presenter is also Windows 8 ready. We’ve been testing some of the pre-release candidates for Windows 8 on all of our touch products. The Presenter ships with a lifetime license of GestureWorks Pro and is available now. The first three Presenters have already shipped out to New England Aquarium. More units are shipping next week.
For more information, please download and read the Ideum Presenter Press Release.
Ideum Presenter Press Release
(Updated: 09-06-12) (57kb)
You can see a video of the Presenter below. Specifications and other information is available on the Presenter Touch Wall pages.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) will be hosting its annual conference October 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio. Ideum and Open Exhibits will be sharing a booth (#709) and showing off multitouch and arduino-based hardware and software. (You can learn more on the OE website, see: What is Open Exhibits?)
In our booth you can check out the new Platform multitouch table running a variety of Open Exhibits software modules. The Platform is a completely integrated touch table with a 55″ LCD. It supports up to 40 touch points and is 2″ thin. It is the thinnest commercially available multitouch table in the world. With the release of Open Exhibits 2.5 this fall, we will have a lot of new multitouch software to show at ASTC.
We are also planning on demoing our arduino module for Adobe ActionScript and Open Exhibits. This free software module makes it easy to incorporate sensors, lights, buttons, dials, and other peripherals into computer-based exhibits.
We hope see you at ASTC in October! We will also be at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference, ITS 2012, in Boston in November. We will post more information about that conference very soon.
Our Pro multitouch table will begin shipping with the latest Intel® Core™ i7-3770 Processor in September. In addition, we now have a number of new options for customizing this touch table. The Pro is frequently used in research and visualization labs, corporate settings, or for museum installations that require more processing power and flexible storage. Since the redesign of the model back in July, we’ve added a rail system on the top shelf that allows for the addition of removable drives and other peripherals. Below are a few photos of a custom Pro configured with removable drives and a Blue-ray writer.
The removable drives can hold up to 6 terabytes of storage. The amp, UPS, and Yahama speakers come standard. Note the secure bracing of the computer and peripherals.
You can see more photographs of our touch tables and other custom projects on our Flickr site. The full-specifications of the Pro model and its slimmer companion, the Platform touch table can be found on the Ideum website. All of Ideum’s touch products come with a lifetime license of GestureWorks, an advanced multitouch SDK.
It has been a busy summer here at Ideum. We’ve added more space across from our main building and we’ve added a number of new developers and a technical writer. Some of this growth is in response to the increasing demand for our multitouch tables and touch wall products. This summer we’ve broken all of our prior sales records and we are currently working hard to increase our capacity. New versions of GestureWorks and Open Exhibits are also slated for release this fall.
A number of new Web initiatives are also getting started up this summer. We are working on projects with Cornell University and with the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). Along with expanding the number of Web developers, we’ve recently moved to cloud-based hosting. Additionally, we’ve just constructed our own server room which will provide one more layer of redundancy to our cloud services.
The additional space, now nearly 8,000 square feet, has also increased our ability to take on custom exhibit development. This summer we are working on custom exhibits with New England Aquarium, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and Museum of Science and Industry. We will share more about these large-scale computer exhibits when they launch later this fall.
The tech blog Engadget, which Technorati lists as the #5 blog in the world, covered the release of our new Platform and Pro multitouch tables last Thursday. The article focused on speed of the two tables and on the new thin design (“half as thick as a SUR40″). You can check out the article, Ideum unveils speedy Platform and Pro multi-touch tables, says PixelSense ain’t got nothin’
On Monday, Gizmag reviewed our new multitouch tables covering all of the new features including our new RFID capabilities. You can read, Ideum sets 4th generation multitouch table on the Gizmag site.
The New Mexico Business Weekly also covered the new release see: Ideum takes next step in touch screen technology. Finally, the new Pro and Platform release was also featured in articles on Slashgear, the French tech blog Journal du Geek, and about a dozen other blogs and sites around world.
A new installation at Santa Fe Complex uses one of our multitouch tables along with three projectors to create an interactive and immersive space. The installation, Ghosts in Armour, is described as “a multi-disciplinary artistic exploration into the emerging post-industrial landscapes of Europe’s declining steel industry, documenting and contextualizing the losses currently shaping a number of communities.”
The multitouch table is used to show many of the spaces that Ghosts in Armour has documented. The table uses Open Exhibits software. The exhibit software is based-on a free Open Exhibits template, NSF in Antartica. The video below shows the Ghosts in Armour installation at Santa Fe Complex.
You can learn more about Ghosts in Armour on the SF_X website. The exhibition runs from until June 1st.
The MT65 Presenter is an integrated and hardened 65″ LED HD multitouch display. It is multitouch enabled from start-up and has a powerful CPU and dedicated GPU inside. It is a plug-and-play touch wall, ready for museums, public places, research labs, retail spaces, and other tough environments. We recently released a video to highlight many of the Presenter’s core features and benefits.
Let us know what you think, we’d love to hear your feedback.
The Open Exhibits project is gearing up for a major update. Open Exhibits is a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored project designed to transform how museum professional and other educators develop interactive computer-based exhibits. Ideum in the principal organization in the project.
A new Open Exhibits multitouch SDK (Version 2) and other new software modules are going to be available in March. We are also re-designing and re-launching the Open Exhibits community-based website. All of this development is based on what we’ve learned from our members in the first 16 months of the project. You can read more about the new release and the new website on the Open Exhibits blog.
We’ve also posted a video showing the new Collection Viewer 2.0. This application has multiscreen support and it comes with editing GUI for adding content. (I should mention too that this multiscreen demo is running on our standard MT55 Platform multitouch table with an external monitor connected via HDMI.)
We still have a long list of additions to add to the Collection Viewer during the course of 2012. If you want see some of the features we are looking to add, see the blog post: Building a Better Collection Viewer (Part 2).
You can see the original post on the Open Exhibits website: Collection Viewer 2.0
Choosing the right multitouch equipment is a critical factor in planning a successful public exhibit. Size, build quality and performance are key factors when evaluating a device that will be used day after day in a busy public environment.
Our Multitouch Table and Display Comparison Chart (PDF 600kb) compiles key facts about our MT Series multitouch devices, along with available information on many of our competitor’s multi-touch tables and displays. We hope you will find this a valuable resource when selecting equipment for your next museum exhibit or public display.
We pride ourselves on building the best integrated multitouch tables and touch walls for public use. Whether you are comparing the the MT55 Platformtable, MT55 Pro table, or our new MT65 Presentermultitouch wall, you will see that our product performance is second to none in build quality and value.
Download the Multitouch Table and Display Comparison chart*
*updated 1-9-12 with input from James Maki, Product Manager at Microsoft and Dave Henry, Marketing Manager at 3M Touch Systems
Blog post update – 12/4/13 SUR40 No Longer? – An article about the Platform 46 with a 3M screen as an alternative to the SUR40 Microsoft Surface.