Ideum has just given its 55-inch MT55 Platform and Pro multi-touch tables an Intel i7 processor upgrade that sees them benefit from a performance boost of 30 percent and 20 percent respectively. Both tables also gain more onboard storage and improved connectivity options. The company has additionally taken the opportunity to put the Platform model's ruggedness to the test - video after the jump.

The latest performance updates to the company's MT55 series - which has already notched up more shipments since its initial release earlier this year than the previous two years of MT-50 sales - have resulted in double the SSD storage capacity for the Platform model and an Intel Core i7-620M 2.66 GHz Hyper-threaded Dual-Core processor, while a Core i7 2600 processor running at 3.4 GHz and dual 500 GB, 7200 RPM HDDs head for the Pro. Along with more processing power, both tables now benefit from multiple HDMI ports, USB, audio, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, and have been treated to a new security plate for concealing the ports in a public display.

Readers wanting to see an MT55 in action for themselves can head along to recent installations at Seattle's Pacific Science Center, the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, NASA's Kennedy Space Center, and California's Discovery Science Center, or (if you're in the area) the Petroasains Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur. We recommend leaving the bowling ball at home, though.

Ideum will also be presenting its MT55 Platform model at the Interfaces for the New Decade conference at San Jose's Tech Museum later this month.

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