Ideum Surpasses Microsoft Surface with 55-inch Multitouch Table

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Not content to let Microsoft, or even their own MT50 take the crown in the surprisingly crowded multitouch tablet market, Ideum has just shown off their latest creation: the MT55, a 55-inch table with a gorgeous multi-touch display and full 1080p resolution.

Ideum MT55

Although the company is remaining mum on prices, one look at the extremely competitve specs will show that it won’t be cheap. Inside the base sits an HP desktop (an amusing coincidence given HP’s touchy-feely predilections) with a quad-core Core i7 CPU, a low-end NVIDIA Quadro 600 workstation graphics card, Bose Audio speakers, 4GB of RAM and two 250GB hard drives. Intriguingly, the table also contains a UPS battery backup system, which could keep it powered during short outages, or at least allow users to shut the unit down safely.

The MT55 is covered with 5mm (~0.2in) of tempered glass, which supports up to 32 simultaneous multi-touch points. It’s both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable, and the machine powering it runs Windows 7 Professional 64-bit with a custom finger-friendly overlay. Ideum packages Adobe’s Flex and GestureWorks for Flash to aid developers in creating multi-touch applications. Since it’s geared for use in business situations, the device also adhere’s to the governments Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, topping out at just 31 inches tall.

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