This August our new Prototyping + Usability Lab will be operational. (For those of you who are familiar with Ideum, this completes our second, “Building D” expansion.) A 4,000+ square foot flexible space, the Prototyping + Usability Lab will help support Ideum’s diverse media, software, and hardware initiatives. The Lab will support product development and custom exhibit work in a variety of different ways.
Testing and Usability
The space will have a testing and usability area with a dedicated Device Lab. Dozens of mobiles phones, tablets, game controllers, multitouch screens, motion recognition cameras, and other HCI devices will be permanently available for testing. This testing area will be used for our custom mobile, Web, and kiosk development.
The prototying space will allow us to more easily develop new concept multitouch tables like our prototype 55” Platform touch table which recently debuted at infocomm 2014. In addition, custom built exhibits from touch walls to touch tables and other types of computer-based interactives will be developed in this fully-equipped space. By separating our prototyping and custom work, we’ve also freed up additional production space to meet the increased demand for our multitouch table and touch wall products. We are looking to add more 4K multitouch displays in 2015.
While the Prototyping + Usability Lab is mostly open space, a soundproof room is being constructed for our CNC router, power tools, and 3D printers. This quiet room will allow us to fabricate small pieces and make modifications to prototypes and custom exhibits.
Media Production & More
A video and photography shooting area is planned with a dual setup allowing a green screen/green floor in one direction and “living room” set in the other. The set section will be able to be configured in a variety of different ways. Dedicated studio lighting will simplify the production of exhibit content development, video interviews, product shots, and portfolio pieces.
Finally, the Lab will have a “showroom” area will house our multitouch table rentals when they are not out for events. This area will be used for visitors but we will be able to do video conferencing product demos.
Here are some photographs of the space as we are just getting started. We will post more photos as the build out continues.