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Type of business Multitouch products and digital interactives
Headquarters Corrales, New Mexico

Ideum is a company based in Corrales, New Mexico that produces multitouch tables and walls, custom interactive exhibits, and custom hardware. The company was founded in 1999 by Jim Spadaccini, who created interactive exhibits for San Francisco's Exploratorium before becoming creative director at Ideum.[1] With strong ties to the museum and informal science education fields, many of the company's products and services are targeted at museums and other public spaces. In 2015, the company was listed on the Inc. 5000, list of the Fastest Growing Companies in the US.[2]

The firm has a strong focus on developing interactive exhibits that seamlessly blend custom software, large scale hardware such as multitouch tables, and more recently new emerging technology such the use of fiducial markers and motion recognition.[3]

Ideum's first product, MT-50 multitouch table garnered recognition for its high resolution and large surface.[4][5] In 2011 and 2012, the company expanded its line to include three 55" multitouch tables, the Platform, Pro, and Pro Lab; two 46" tables, the Platform 46 full-sized and coffee tables; the Platform 32 coffee table; the 100" Pano table; and the 65" Presenter and Presenter 55 touch walls.[6][7][8][9] Ideum has continued to update and expand this line. The company was first to offer many of these touch tables with 4K and with 3M touch technology.[10]

These multitouch displays support Ideum's proprietary software development framework, GestureWorks which is written in C++. The free Open Exhibits SDK allows for the development of multitouch multiuser applications in ActionScript and more recently in partnership with Omeka, development has begun in C++.[11][12] Directed by Ideum, the Open Exhibits initiative was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.[13]

Ideum has designed exhibits for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, NASA, the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, California Science Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Miami Science Museum, and the National Park Service among others.[1][14][15][16]


  1. ^ a b Kamerick, Megan. 11/18/2011. "Ideum's touch tables bring exhibits, displays to life"
  2. ^ "Ideum: Number 1906 on the 2015 Inc. 5000". Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  3. ^ "TREND Spring 2016". Issuu. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  4. ^ Davies, Chris. 2/5/2009. "Ideum MT-2 Multitouch Table Beats Microsoft Surface in Size and Resolution."
  5. ^ Instructables. 2011. "DIY MT-50 Multitouch Table"
  6. ^ Gerew, Gary. 6/29/2012. "Ideum takes next step in touch screen technology"
  7. ^ Fingas, Jon. 6/28/2012. "Ideum unveils speedy Platform and Pro multi-touch tables, says PixelSense ain't got nothin' (video)"
  8. ^ Cooper, Daniel. 1/17/2012. "Ideum's MT65 Presenter: a $17,500, 65-inch, multi-touch display for your own museum"
  9. ^ Ridden, Paul. 12/11/2012. "Ideum breaks out 100-inch Pano Touch Table"
  10. ^ "4K multitouch coffee table supports "tangible" objects". Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  11. ^ "Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S. | Institute of Museum and Library Services". Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  12. ^ 2011. "GestureWorks 3 Introduces World's First Markup Language for Multitouch"
  13. ^ 2010, 2012. "NSF Award Abstract #1010028: Open Exhibits"
  14. ^ 2011. "Interactive, immersive display with unparalleled image resolution at Monterey Bay Aquarium"
  15. ^ 9/2/2010. "Miami Science Museum Receives $500,000 Grant From NOAA for Interactive Climate Change Exhibit"
  16. ^ "Designing The Pen | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum". Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 

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