07. 31. 2007
Twinkling coffee table
There's been fun buzz around Microsoft's $10K Surface table, but if you're truly in the market for interactive furniture there are other less expensive (though still expensive) pieces out there for you to consider. Among them is this interactive LED table created in partnership between Evilmadscientist.com and Becausewecan.org.
LEDs inside the table are only activated by motion (setting a glass on the table, reaching for something, or the swishing of the cat's tail). Whatever the action, areas of this table light up when something moves over the top of it. Without motion the lights quiet to a slight enchanting twinkle.
When fully active, the entire pool of 480 super-bright white LEDs uses a total of 35 watts, which is less energy than a single common household light bulb. Using a network of 32 active and passive near-infrared optical sensors, it detects motion above the table and changes in ambient light. Made of fully analog circuits, the light patterns move outwards from your motion, glowing stronger the closer the movement is. It works in full sunlight or total darkness.
The table is made of 100% sustainable wood and water-based finishes, is 62" long by 31" wide by 18" high, and comes with either a glass or plastic top. Well-crafted wood lattice underneath, spanning the side waves, forms a sturdy shelf for storage.
Price: $2,800 at Becausewecan.org