We’ve literally dropped bowling balls on it to test its toughness.
Ideum, a New Mexico-based company, built and sold MT50 multitouch tables between 2009 and 2010. There are dozens of these tables installed in museums, research labs, and a few are even installed at Fortune 500 companies across North America. The MT50 has been discontinued, as of March 2011, and has been replaced by a number of LCD based multitouch tables and multitouch coffee tables: It is worth mentioning that many of the techniques used in the MT50 are still used for large-scale installations such as walls, multiple projector tables. We have blogged about building 7-foot multitouch wall that is currently at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The instructions for the MT-50 are being released as part of the Open Exhibits, museum software and hardware initiative. Open Exhibits multitouch and multiuser software is free to students, museums, nonprofits, and US Government agencies.
If you have any suggestions for how we might improve these instructions, please let us know.
The Ideum and Open Exhibits Team
Corrales, New Mexico