Large-scale multi-touch hardware designer and producer Ideum has teamed up with the Touch Systems division of 3M to launch the Platform 46 range of Windows 8 multi-touch tables. Both the standing-height table and the coffee table feature a 46-inch, bezel-free, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD display panel and a powerful integrated computer system. They're set to make their public debut at 3M's booth at next week's InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

The Platform 46 is the full-sized offering, standing 34 inches (684 mm) high and tipping the scales at 160 lb (72 kg). Up top is a C4667PW multi-touch display panel from 3M, which is a similar bezel-free touch technology to that used in smartphones and tablets, just scaled up a bit. The table's projected capacitive touch technology is reported capable of supporting 60 simultaneous touch points, benefits from a nippy 12-millisecond touch response time, and is claimed to be completely impervious to interference from surrounding light sources.

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Designed to shrug off the rigors of daily use in public spaces like libraries, schools, museums and trade shows, the Platform 46 has a 3-mm thin chemically-strengthened glass top that's reported IP54 water- and dust-resistant. The display panel housing is just 1.375 inches (35 mm) thick, below which is a pedestal constructed using aircraft-grade aluminum that's home to a computer system powered by an Intel i7-3770s quad-core processor running at 3.1 GHz.

The supporting cast includes 8 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD spinning at 7,200 RPM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (for connecting to the supplied keyboard), Ethernet, USB 2.0, DVI, VGA, HDMI (in and out) and DP access ports. The system is also WiDi-capable for the wireless transfer of onscreen images to other compatible displays, as you can see above.

Upgrade options include double the system memory, a 512 GB SSD instead of the hard disk, and the installation of a dedicated Nvidia GTX GPU. There's also the option of RFID or worldwide 3G modules. The multi-touch table benefits from push-button start, ships with Windows 8 Pro (64-bit edition) and comes with a lifetime license for Ideum's Gestureworks Core authoring suite and Flash SDK. The GestureKey Win8 utility is included too, which allows legacy Windows apps to be controlled by custom multi-touch gestures.

The video below overviews the Platform 46 system.

Anyone for coffee?

The Platform 46 Coffee Table, the first Ideum product to be offered in this configuration, offers users a much cozier multi-touch experience. It shares many of the features of its taller sibling, including the same 3M full HD display panel which finally offers enough space for a comfortable onscreen typing experience, but stands just 22.4 in (567 mm) high. Naturally, its smaller size also makes it a little lighter at 126 lb (57 kg).

It can be purchased with or without a smaller computer system running a 2.7 GHz quad-core Core i7 2620M processor, with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and 500 GB of HDD storage. Upgrade options for this model include a 240 GB SSD and a Blu-ray drive for watching quality movies, which can then be displayed on a TV or monitor via WiDi.

The Platform 46 Coffee Table is overviewed in the video below.

The first units are expected to ship in July. Prices start at US$10,950 for the Coffee Table with computer (or $9,950 without), and $12,950 for the full-sized version, all backed with a 2-year warranty.

Source: Ideum

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