Interactive LED coffee table could be so much more

By andy

At one level I like the idea of this coffee table. Yes, it’s ludicrously expensive — $1,500 for a small table up to $2,100 for a large one — but it has a certain cool factor to it.

It contains 480 super-bright LEDs and 24 infrared optical sensors to provide visual feedback when an area of the table is touched or an object is placed on it.

Nice concept, but why not allow it to do more?

Could just stick a Microsoft Surface on it, or how about a variant of the Yamaha Tenori-On synth? How cool would it be to sit down and be able to play rhythms and musical patterns at your coffee table? It would definitely be a fun party object.

For the price, I’d rather take a fairly standard coffee table and build in a more interactive surface.


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