Years before the iPad, Microsoft showed off its own tablet PC, but it failed to catch on. Then, in 2007, Microsoft showed off a cool touchscreen table computer called the Surface. But the $10,000 price tag was a non-starter for most.
Now, continuing the Microsoft-frustrating trend, a team has unveiled a touchscreen table that's cheaper, and completely made of iPads. Universal Mind's iPad Table is an array of 15 iPads sharing the same wireless connection and all using an iPhone-controlled app that allows the devices to act as one display. Although the company shows off the ability to open a document on the array, it's not clear just how far the collection of iPads can go in terms of functioning as a unified computer.
Nevertheless, for those unable to afford one of Microsoft's touchscreen tables (now offered for $8,400 as the Samsung SUR40 with Microsoft PixelSense), this kind of set up could be the next best thing. Using the lowest cost iPad 2, and a tool like the free Mobile Multi Display app, you could easily put together something similar for about $6,000. Or, if you live in a tiny apartment, you could do the same thing with an array of 15 iPad minis and have a tiny touchscreen coffee table for just $4,935.
Universal Mind hasn't announced plans to offer its iPad Table as a commercial solution, so if you aren't planning on creating your own, you can see it, as well as a demo of the Mobile Multi Display app, in action in the videos below.
Via Universal Mind