Swedish retailer IKEA plans to launch a range of AV-integrated furniture later this year, UPPLEVA, delivering LED smart TVs, sound systems and Blu-ray in cable-tidied all-in-one systems. The media furniture, created in partnership with Chinese firm TCL, will be priced from around 6,500 Swedish kronor ($955), and be offered in three different designs; initially eight countries will get the kit from fall this year, before worldwide availability in spring 2013.
The Samsung SUR40 multitouch table, first unveiled last CES and once again this past CES 2012, is now finally ready to ship. The tabletop features a massive 40-inch Full HD 1080p LCD display protected by perhaps the world's largest piece of Gorilla Glass. It runs Microsoft's second-generation platform called Surface 2.0 along with Microsoft's PixelSense touchscreen technology.
What we've got here is a design by John Leung which exists as two separate pieces: first, the table which is a simple slate-bars top made in black, the other the carpet which shows fish in a strange array - together they swim before your eyes. What you're looking at is only the latest representation of one of the oldest optical illusions in the books, the slates tricking your eyes into believing that each line of the fish is a new frame in the living video you're seeing. The same thing happens when you watch a movie, only here it's done without moving parts.
When it comes to gadgets, its not often that one will catch your eye for its softness, but that's just what designer Takaaki Oguchi has done with this one - it's a light up pillow. Without a doubt the most comfortable bit of technology I've seen all week, Oguchi's "inSoft" LED light pillow has the ability to light from within without making your ear go "ouch!" Through a combination of cool-burning LED lights and padding that'll allow just so much light to travel through it surrounding the light module, Oguchi may well have created the nightlight every kid is staying awake at night screaming about.
So you sit at your desk all day, do you? Sounds familiar to me - in fact more often than not I find myself sitting in several places looking for the best "desk" to meet my ever-changing daily needs; for example right after a meal or early in the morning are completely different levels of leaning back or sitting up. The folks at Herman Miller have heard the cries of you and I, ladies and gentlemen of the tech-using community, bringing forth the "Envelop Desk" that has the ability to move back and forth with the user, leaning down and towards the user when they need it most.
We have all been there, 30 outlets, but only able to use 6. Nothing is more frustrating than buying a monster power strip with 30 or more outlets only to find most of them are un-useable. Not because there is something wrong with the outlets, but the shape of the power adapter you are plugging in ends up covering 2 or 3 additional outlets. Then there are those fat power adapters that can only be plugged in from one angle and naturally that angle makes almost half the power strip useless. Pivot Power, from Quirky has a solution. Pivot Power is a flexible power strip that can help reduce some of that frustration.
If you're in the market for a new desk or table, before you head to your local furniture store take a moment to fantasize how awesome it would be to replace that old wooden thing with Ideum's new MT55 HD Multitouch Table. We mentioned their older MT50 model about a year ago, but they just announced today a new MT55 HD model that's a 55" beauty sporting full 1920x1080 HD resolution.
If the multi-touch screens of your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, are just not enough tactile fun, then consider adding the Touchscape Multi-Touch coffee table to your living room. Albeit the table can't compete in portability, but it would be awesome fun for friends at your house party--just be sure to have some coasters. Continue after the jump for a video of the Touchscape in action as it shows off some Windows 7 action.
Behold a chair that explores not only our relationship with light and space, but our relationship with what appears real, and what appears to be so awesome it couldn't possibly exist. This chair can become basically completely invisible while you're away from it, but when you approach, it comes to life. Take a peek and explore a fantasy of impossibility.