From the early going, it’s looking like the table PC is going to be a thing this year. Here to put the exclamation mark on that idea is the possibly the most massive one we’ll see all year – the 100” Ideum Pano Touch Table.
This behemoth has heavily reinforced legs propping up two 55” displays, which together form a 100” 3840 x 1080 resolution display. The two displays work together seamlessly, as one touch surface – having two 55” displays instead of one 100” display probably just makes production a little cheaper, and helps to keep this thing something approaching affordable. The surface will recognize up to 40 points of touch and features HapticGlas, which will cut down on fingerprints and scratches. The Pano will ship with Windows 7 (it is Windows 8 ready), a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, dual 500 GB SATA II RAID 1 7200 RPM hard disk drives, an NVIDIA Quadro 600 graphics processor, and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. Some of those specs can be upgraded by request.
Of course, this isn’t really meant for the living room, although if you really want one, there’s nothing stopping you. More likely, you can expect to see these pop up in museums and libraries – that 40 point multitouch capability and HapticGlas will make the Pano perfect for public exhibits. I’m sure they’ll be useful for those in government, too – if someone were ever to remake Dr. Strangelove, you’d have to imagine one of these would have to be in the War Room that the gentlemen will be fighting in.