When you become an adult, it seems most people switch from Etch-A-Sketches to zen gardens. Finally, someone has combined the best of both — doodling on a large scale — with a dose of technology added in for all us geeks.
Inventor, Simon Hallam has created a glass-covered surface with silicone beads, but instead of fiddly dials a sculpting head controlled by commands from your computer creates shapes and images. You can choose between pre-existing patterns on an SD card, or drawing something yourself via a USB connection.
"The Zen Table" comes in two sizes — a coffee table measuring 56" x 39" x 19.5" and a desktop model that measures 13" x 9.5" x 2 1'2." Both are made of bamboo.
Hallam is already thinking ahead. He is working on adding a 3G modem to the coffee table that will receive new designs or allow user control from an Android or iOS app.
Initial funding was raised on Kickstarter and Hallam has already exceeded his target. Those who got in on the ground floor at $499 will get kits containing the parts for the desktop version and $749 will get the desktop version assembled.
There were at least two that shelled out $4,999 for the coffee table version and $7,499 for one with the planned 3G enhancements.
Sure, they are expensive, but consider the fact they furniture items. Plus, they are just a bit more complex than your old Etch-A-Sketch.
Time to start saving your pennies.