With the release of Windows 7
, a whole lot of talk surrounding
has surfaced. In fact, most credit Microsoft's own Surface
as the catalyst for more consumer-oriented multi-touch applications,
and now it's a relatively unknown outfit take the next big step. Ideum,
a company you've probably never heard of, is looking to make a name for
itself by introducing what could be called the next Surface.
The currently unnamed device--which is being called an "ultra-wide
screen multitouch table exhibit exploring the electromagnetic
spectrum"--is based around the company's MT-50 multi-touch, multi-user
table. Clearly this one is designed to be used by businesses more so
than actual consumers (unless you've got a 20,000 square foot home just
dying for a few new accessories), with a 16x5 aspect ratio and a
display resolution of 2304x800. All told, it's a 100" surface with an
86" viewable area, making it one of the largest contiguous multi-touch
tables ever made.
It was developed for the Space Chase Gallery at the Adventure Science
Center, and it'll be a part of an exhibit that opens up to the public
on November 7th. The table can support over 50 simultaneous touch
points, enabling a whole bunch of onlookers to touch and interact with
it at once. So much for waiting in line for your turn, huh? The
software on it was based around Adobe's Flash and the company's own
GestureWorks framework, the latter of which will be on sale to other
devs in early December. There's no word on just how expensive this
thing would be for the average joe, but we're guessing it'd be way out
of most budgets, anyway.
Ideum creates an ultra-wide screen multitouch table exhibit exploring the
CORRALES, New Mexico (October 29, 2009) Ideum announces the installation of
an ultra-wide screen multitouch table based on its commercially available
MT-50 multi-touch, multi-user table.
With a 100" surface and an 86" viewable area is it among one of the largest
contiguous multitouch tables ever developed. The screen has a 16 x 5 ratio
aspect and a display resolution of 2304 x 800 pixels.
Developed for the Space Chase Gallery at the Adventure Science Center, it is
one of several technology-enhanced exhibits Ideum has deployed at the
Nashville, Tennessee-based hands-on science center. The exhibition opens to
the public on November 7th.
"We developed a visual representation of the EM Spectrum," said Jim
Spadaccini, Creative Director of Ideum. "Taking advantage of the super-wide
screen format, we've created a digital representation of the EM Spectrum
from radio waves to gamma rays. Visitors can move images across the table in
real-time, revealing the images in each waveform and accessing information
about what they are seeing.?
The exhibit features a variety of celestial and terrestrial objects images
in a multiple wavelengths. For example, NASA images of the sun can be seen
in all wavelengths. Common and iconic objects were photographed in a
variety of wavelengths. For example, a birthday cake with lit candles, a toy
robot, an alarm clock, and even a hand holding an iPhone are seen in
visible, infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray.
The table can support over 50 simultaneous touch points, allowing several
people to interact with the table at the same time. Its rugged design makes
it perfect for a busy hands-on science center. In addition, the table is
only 31" tall, meeting ADA standards for wheel chair accessibility.
The custom software was developed with Adobe Flash and Ideum's own
GestureWorks framework, which allows Flash developers to easily develop
their own custom multi-touch applications. GestureWorks will be available
for sale to other developers in early December.
The tracking software was developed by Natural User Interface Technologies
AB, a Swedish technology company specializing in multi-touch software. Ideum
and NUI Technologies have been partners since 2008.
Ideum was founded in 1999. Its exhibits and Websites have won numerous
awards over the years including: the American Association of Museums' MUSE
Awards, the Webby Awards, the Pirelli International Multimedia Awards, the
Museums and the Web Conference "Best of the Web," and other industry awards.