The Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer Costs A Whopping $7,000
The awkwardly-named Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer (that's what it's actually called, I'm afraid) is quite the impressive beast. Retailing at a whopping $7,000, this black, polished beauty incorporates a fully-functional Windows 8 PC into its design. The results are...well, for lack of better terms, they're absolutely, undeniably, downright sexy. Even with Windows 8 installed (which actually works in this case).
Most of the table's surface is devoted to a 32'', anti-glare LCD touch-screen which effectively functions as an overlarge, non-portable tablet. Said screen's got a max resolution of 1366x768, six touch points, and a tempered glass surface which can hold pretty much anything save a full-sized person. Oh it's also (quite blessedly) waterproof, because it'd kind of suck to have the whole wallet-busting rig blow up in your face because your cock-up of a brother-in-law knocked over a row of half-finished beer cans, no?
The system itself isn't anything special as far as specs go; though it's a decent mid-end system. It's equipped with an Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz processor, 6 GB of memory, a 500 GB hard drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capacbility, four USB ports, a DVI port, an audio-out port, and microphone ports. Also included is a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Truth be told, I'm already thinking of one (absolutely, incredibly, downright awesome) use for the system: virtual tabletop gaming. Yeah, I'm a D&D nerd. What of it?
I've already tried out a few virtual tabletop programs online, and I've loved every moment of my experience with them, save for one niggling little concern: the incessant, ever-present lag. A product like this one completely bypasses that problem, and also rids players of the need for cluttered tokens, dice, battle-mats, writing utensils...you get the idea. If I had a spare 7 grand just kicking around (a man can dream, can't he?), I'd buy this touchscreen computer table in a heartbeat, and a tablet to go with it.
Then I'd run one of the most amazing D&D games ever devised.
Anyway, that's enough rambling for now. Catch you folks tomorrow.