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October 4, 2007 9:37 AM   Subscribe

Interactive coffee table.
posted by fandango_matt (28 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Cute idea, but the execution is kinda tacky. Maybe they can add a frosted overlay?
posted by butterstick at 9:47 AM on October 4, 2007


Cool but not something I would like in my home. Reminds me too much of lava lamps, disco balls and the lot.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:47 AM on October 4, 2007


I saw these at the Maker Fair back in May. They're very cool - I'd really like to make one myself.

Interestingly, my friend's one year old daughter was entranced by the table.
posted by pombe at 9:50 AM on October 4, 2007


entirely too much cat playing. Besides, it's pretty ugly to look at when the lights aren't lit. Besides, this is more like what we need in the 21st century. Not some Hasbro Lite Brite on steroids.
posted by Dave Faris at 10:05 AM on October 4, 2007


It's just like one of those coffee tables in Minority Report.
posted by itchylick at 10:09 AM on October 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


Interesting, but can you imagine a book about these, that actually folded out into its own motion-activated led-enhanced coffee table?

As for actually wanting it in my house right now, not so much. Slightly too 'Pimp My Living Room' for me...
posted by pupdog at 10:10 AM on October 4, 2007


I just saw something similar at the Cooper-Hewitt. Ingo Maurer's version was clear exept for the discretely placed diodes - you couldn't even see the circuitry.

I very much want one.
posted by tkchrist at 10:22 AM on October 4, 2007


I totally love this and am currently debating whether I would totally love it if I built one and put it in my living room.
posted by donovan at 10:23 AM on October 4, 2007


This will go perfect in my tarot parlor.
posted by dead_ at 10:58 AM on October 4, 2007


I'm signed up to get one for our basement space lounge. It will be available with black solder mask, which I think will help its appearance considerably.
posted by exogenous at 11:01 AM on October 4, 2007


*puts cup of coffee on coffee table*

Table: Ow! Ow! That's hot!
posted by carter at 11:16 AM on October 4, 2007


I made something like this once. Except, instead of lighting up every time one of the motion sensors was activated, it exploded.
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:28 AM on October 4, 2007


The fact that the cat was more interested in the string sums it up for me.
posted by brautigan at 11:32 AM on October 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


yeah, I wondered about that, brautigan. I think it'd be a lot more fun (for the cat, at least) if the LEDs lit up randomly, then went dark as you "touched" them. Like Whack-a-mole.
posted by desjardins at 11:34 AM on October 4, 2007


I'd like something like that, except an entire dancefloor.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:52 AM on October 4, 2007


Daft Punk Table Replica
posted by middleclasstool at 12:10 PM on October 4, 2007


WTF?
posted by middleclasstool at 12:11 PM on October 4, 2007


Is my link forwarding to a verizon ad with a mefi domain for anyone else?
posted by middleclasstool at 12:12 PM on October 4, 2007


middleclasstool: Not for me.
posted by desjardins at 12:37 PM on October 4, 2007


That's fucked up. Went weird for me and cortex both there for a minute, but now it's fine. Carry on.
posted by middleclasstool at 12:39 PM on October 4, 2007


I'd build one and invite all of my enemies who had ADD over. Then I'd burn the house down.
posted by illiad at 1:11 PM on October 4, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'd dig it if the circuit boards were green instead of that ugly-ass beige. I'd want multicolored lights though.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 1:39 PM on October 4, 2007


This post has been up what, half a day now? I bet there's already a website out there with someone fucking on top of one of these things.
posted by Cyrano at 4:58 PM on October 4, 2007


I thought this FPP was all about the interactions of coffee with other drugs. So I screw up and read it and its about coffee tables.
posted by Huplescat at 5:25 PM on October 4, 2007


Can you wear it to an airport?
posted by dhartung at 6:08 PM on October 4, 2007


Twinkly and pretty.
posted by nickyskye at 8:33 PM on October 4, 2007


ewww. tack-eeeeeee.
posted by petersn1 at 5:02 PM on October 7, 2007


Thank you, petersn1, for your insightful contribution.

So they've updated the page - the black solder mask is supposed to be the same as in a Boston Mooninite.
posted by exogenous at 2:15 PM on October 9, 2007


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