We've seen Android thrown onto some usual devices – refrigerators, cars, ovens, some other stuff – and we've also watched as devices with the OS running on them keep getting larger and larger. And larger. Well, Ideum and 3M's latest collaboration may take the cake: it's a damn coffee table.
Yes, a coffee table.
Just look at this big ol' tablet thingy with legs. I guess it's not a coffee table after all... it's a coffee tablet.
If you even try to act like that's not cool, you're a liar. I mean, is it practical? No. Economical? Probably not. But cool? Hell yeah.
So let's talk specs. This beast of a device measures a whopping 46 inches diagonally, which I think makes it the largest Android device available in the consumer market. It's waterproof, has a 3M-manufactured 1080p display, and packs a punch with its 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive. Yeah, it's like that. The only downside is that it's running Android 4.1. How disappointing.
Yes, one second and I'll Google that for you. I just have to unlock my coffee table first.
The table – which is called Platform 46, by the way – is scheduled to hit the market later this year for an unannounced-but-assumedly-ridiculous amount of moneydollars.
[Images via Ideum's Blog]
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Android development continues to surge in popularity and the expectations for multi-touch interactivity becomes the norm for commercial applications, developing a high-performance Android OS solution for large-format, multi-touch devices, such as touch tables, kiosks and wall displays, has become increasingly important. Now, thanks to the collective effort of Ideum and 3M engineers, Android developers in key markets, such as gaming and entertainment, retail, trade shows, museum exhibits, and corporate environments, can create large-format, multi-user Android applications that utilize 3M’s multi-touch technology (up to 60 simultaneous touches) incorporated into Ideum’s line of table and kiosk products.
The first example of this high-performance Android OS will be exhibited on Ideum’s popular Platform 46 Coffee Table (www.ideum.com/coffee-tables), which will preview a wide variety of multi-touch Android applications in the 3M booth (#1600) at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2014, February 12-13, Las Vegas. This table will run Android Version 4.1 (Jellybean) on Intel’s x86 architecture and will be available for purchase from Ideum later this year. Additional Android offerings from Ideum are planned throughout the year, including dual-boot Android and Windows 8 systems.
“We think developers will be excited about the ease of authoring on the popular Android platform and the amazingly fast performance on our tables,” says Jim Spadaccini, CEO, Ideum. “Native Android OS support expands the possibilities for our multi-touch tables giving developers new options and providing end customers new and dynamic software solutions.”
“High-performance multi-touch Android applications are key in expanding the reach of 3M multi-touch systems and displays,” says Diego Romeu, Global Business Unit Manager, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “And we are thrilled to work with Ideum’s engineering team to help bring Android applications to their multi-touch enabled tables.”
Ideum Platform 46 Tables combine Ideum’s innovative design and build-quality with 3M’s high-performance, multi-user 46-inch 3M Multi-Touch Display C4667PW display to create a rugged turnkey touch table with ultra-fast touch response time for fluid multi-touch interaction. The table’s 3M multi-touch display has a bezel-free, full HD 1080p LCD with a chemically-strengthened glass surface and IP54 waterproof rating. The table’s pedestal is constructed with high-grade aluminum.
Ideum Platform 46 Tables perform in virtually any lighting environment since 3M projected capacitive technology – the same touch technology found in popular tablets and smart phones – is inherently unaffected by ambient light.
With its exceptional build-quality and easy-to-start “push of a button,” the Ideum Platform 46 Tables are ideal for public spaces and other heavy-use environments. A small form-factor PC is inside the chassis, allowing for easy upgrades and comes equipped with an Intel i7 3.7GHz Hyper-threaded Quad Core Processor with 16GB of RAM and a 500GB Hard Drive (specific to Coffee Table model).