Tangible Engine is a highly optimized authoring package supporting the use of fiducial object recognition on select Ideum multitouch tables. This software allows for the unique recognition of objects with 3D printed conductive patterns. Tangible Engine is the first authoring system of its kind to work with projected-capacitive touch screens. The system does not need or use cameras or optical devices.

Tangible Engine consists of a Configurator / Visualizer utility and an SDK which allows developers to connect events within their application to objects on the touch table surface. The Configurator / Visualizer enables developers to customize tangible objects used in prospective applications. Developers can introduce new tangibles and assign properties to the objects. We provide the source code of the Configurator / Visualizer, allowing developers to better understand how the system works.

Tangible Engine SDK allows C++ and Unity3D developers to easily add support for fiducial objects into their workflow. The SDK is highly optimized for efficiency providing a low-latency solution for tangible object recognition and tracking.

Tangible objects are included with each purchase, allowing developers to get started right away. In addition, instructions for 3D printing, including 3D files and a list of conductive printing materials, is provided.

The Tangible Engine is available with the purchase of a qualifying Ideum multitouch table. The system is compatible with Ideum 43", 49", 55", and 65" 4K UHD touch tables that incorporate 3M™ touch technology. Ideum is a leader in high-end integrated touch products designed for demanding environments such as public spaces. Fortune 500 companies, top universities, research labs, museums, and government agencies have selected Ideum products for their exceptional performance and quality.

The Tangible Engine software was first prototyped in in 2014 and presented as the "Dynamic Desktop." This initial model relied on traditional conductive materials and the recognition was “hard coded.” In 2015, Ideum developed a more robust version of the software and built an interactive wine tasting experience with JCB Wines. Just prior to the 1.0 release of Tangible Engine, Ideum developed an interactive coffee experience with Starbucks. Ideum continues to develop custom software and will be adding new features to Tangible Engine in the near future.