Advanced Multitouch Table Challenges Microsoft Surface

Ideum announced “major improvements” to its commercially available MT-50 multitouch table, and released two new videos illustrating these improvements.

By Cliff Roth

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Video/Imaging DesignWire
(3/16/2010 2:30:20 AM)

Ideum announced “major improvements” to its commercially available MT-50 multitouch table, and released two new videos illustrating these improvements.

The first shows the inside components of the MT-50:

The other shows how tough the table is as a 12 pound bowling ball is dropped onto the glass surface of the table:

The improved MT-50 supports over 60 simultaneous touch points, allowing several people to interact with the table at the same time. The main computer unit and video card in the table are significantly faster than those found in the Microsoft Surface table, Ideum says, and is also significantly larger–with a 50″ display–and higher resolution than the Microsoft Surface. This means it can accommodate more users, Ideum says.

The MT-50 table’s framing system is made of aircraft grade aluminum, steel panels, and thick, ultra-clear, micro-etched, tempered glass for durability. It’s single button operation and automated shutdown features make it easy to operate.

“We focus on performance and durability,” says Jim Spadaccini, Creative Director of Ideum and former Director of Interactive Media at the Exploratorium. “We know what museum environments are like, and we design our tables to not just survive, but to thrive in these demanding public spaces. The bowling ball test is a fun way to show just how tough these tables really are.”

The MT-50 multitouch table has been installed in public venues across North America such as: California Science Center, the Getty, NASA, Oakland Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Vancouver Aquarium, and others.

The MT-50 multiouch table ships with Ideum’s own GestureWorks framework, which allows Flash developers to easily develop their own custom multitouch applications. GestureWorks is the most advanced way to author multitouch on Flash and is also available for sale as a stand-alone product.

The tracking software that comes with the MT-50 was developed by NUITEQ, a Swedish technology company specializing in multitouch software. Ideum and NUITEQ have been technology partners since 2008.



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