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An Interactive Table With An Elastic Touchscreen Surface

As part of this year’s Esquire apartment, Hush Studios built a table that responds visually and sonically to touch.

An Interactive Table With An Elastic Touchscreen Surface
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Every year, Esquire magazine enlists a scad of designers (and corporate sponsors) to transform prized pieces of real estate into surreally decadent playhouses for the über rich. This year’s site: Brooklyn’s most expensive digs, the $23.5 million penthouse of Dumbo’s ClockTower Building, which Esquire converted into the ultimate bachelor pad, replete with a tequila bar. The standout piece in the capacious crib is a dynamic, interactive table in the “study” (surely, no work, as you and I would define it, is likely to happen here) that is part instrument, part light installation.

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The entire desk is based on the experience of driving an Acura (the room’s sponsor): The base, composed of Corian ribs, was designed by Third Eye Studios’ Marc Thorpe to resemble the contours of a vehicle, and Hush Studios‘ spandex surface projects information about the flow of power through a car’s drive-train system. An overhead projector illuminates the Lycra scrim with a pattern resembling streaming water, which the viewer can redirect by pushing down on the screen.

According to Thorpe:

By touching the table’s surface and depressing the nylon surface, you send and receive energy between your touch points. At the same time, each touch of the table creates a sound. Multiple touches create multiple, mixed sounds in real-time. Many of the sounds utilize audio signatures from Acura technology like those found in the navigation system and the audio system interfaces.

Groovy. And just the sort of arty display a tequila-pounding Wall Street type can use to impress the ladies.

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About the author

A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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