Ideum has unveiled a new addition to its series of 55-inch, high definition LCD multitouch tables. Billed as the thinnest commercially-available multitouch table top on the market, the new MT55 Platform sports an optical touch system capable of handling 32 touch points simultaneously and comes with SSD storage. Like its older brother, the Platform comes with Wireless-N and Bluetooth connectivity, hidden physical ports, single button operation and LED under-table illumination effects.

One of the first things you'll notice about the new Platform multitouch table from Ideum is its thin profile - the top is 3-inches (76 mm) thick and the support underneath just 2.25-inches (57 mm). The LED backlit, 16:9 aspect, 1920 x 1080 resolution, multitouch LCD display has a wide 178 degree viewing angle and a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. The optical multitouch system can track 32 simultaneous touch points with a ±7 ms touch response time.

Within its svelte aircraft grade, powder coated aluminum frame sits an integrated computer system featuring Intel Core i5-560M dual-core processor running at 2.66GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SATA II solid state drive. Apart from one small fan giving some attention to the CPU, the computer system has no moving parts. A powerful secondary system air-cools the entire unit courtesy of six fans in the table top.

Physical ports are hidden from prying hands and include HDMI-out, USB 2.0 and Ethernet. The 31-inch (787 mm) tall Platform table runs on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, is air-cooled, has 400W peak power consumption and also benefits from 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, and is supplied with a Bluetooth keyboard with integrated trackpad.

The MT55 Platform is priced at US$17,950, which includes the GestureWorks SDK (with support for over 200 gestures, and a number of pre-built Open Exhibits components included).

An additional US$750 will give you an Intel Core i7-620M processor running at 3.06GHz and a 256GB SSD and an extra US$1,000 will see the upper surface protected by 0.2-inches (5 mm) of HapticGlas (made by Sevasa) - a non-reflective, scratch and fingerprint resistant surface which Ideum says has been "optimized for passive tactile feedback, using a micro-etched surface to produce more fluid drag - similar to moving your finger over paper."

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