The $6950 Android coffee table with Core i7, 16GB RAM

Microsoft’s Surface PixelSense has never quite shaken off its reputation as a ‘big ass table’, but its continued niche status means that it has never really been harmed by those perceptions. The device has been put to work in all sorts of locations, from hotel lobbies and premier lounges to tourist zones and even health centres but, as you can probably imagine, it has never been targeted at the home and consumer markets.

Perhaps a new product, from a partnership between 3M and Ideum, could pique the interests of home users with deep pockets. 3M and Ideum already offer multitouch coffee tables with Windows 8 on board and, soon, the joint venture will produce new variants running Android.

Two versions are currently offered: the Platform 32 and the larger Platform 46. Both include a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 3.7GHz, along with a Blu-Ray combo drive and 1080p display. The 32-inch model offers 40 simultaneous touchpoints on its screen, while the 46-inch version offers 60. The larger model also includes a 500GB hard drive and 16GB of DDR3 RAM; the 32-incher makes do with half the storage space and half the RAM.

3M and Ideum plan to release an Android version of the Platform 46 “later in 2014”, although if you’re expecting the latest version of the OS (4.4 KitKat), you’ll be disappointed – the Platform 46 will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when it goes on sale later this year. It appears that no changes have been made to the OS either, with no obvious customizations or enhancements to take advantage of the larger form factor or 40/60-point multitouch support.

Still, at least the table will be water-resistant, so you won't have to murder any clumsy visitors who spill their drinks all over it.

The companies state that the full range of “Android apps available for tablets and smartphones” will be available for the device, adding that “from games and social media to organization and lifestyle apps, this coffee table provides entertainment for everyone.”

The price of all this fun? Well, while the company hasn’t revealed pricing for the device, the Platform 32 with Windows 8 starts at $6,950 USD (around £4,170 GBP / €5,050 EUR), so you can expect the larger Platform 46 to cost a good deal more, even with Android. Dual-boot OS options will be available later. 

Check out the video below for more: 

If you're not happy with either the Android or Windows 8 versions, you can get a downgrade, on request, to Windows 7, so you can enjoy the old-school Start menu on your giant interactive coffee table, with not a Live Tile or Angry Bird to be seen.

Source: Ideum via BGR | image via Ideum/3M

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If I paid this for an Android coffee table, which looks like and oversized smartphone. I wouldn't let a cup near it... There is nothing more irritating than a sloppy drinker... You know, the people who get tea or coffee all down the outside of the cup. I'd blow a gasket if I seen a coffee ring or stain on this. I'm meticulous sorry.

Do the people who are actually poo-pooing this table, tech enthusiasts at all?

It's funny to read comments about (year 2007) hardware syncing in 2014. Or even the "improbability" that glassware or screenware can be water-resistant in a time when Corning successfully was able to make screens scratch-resistant. The first step to understand that is to know the difference between water-resistent and water-proof. The next step is to head over to the Sony and Samsung websites and look at their water-resistent phones. My GOSH....do I detect Android jealousy again?

Look, Android OS will always be better and cheaper for manufacturers of all kinds of "wares" because it's cheaper and the developmental support behind it. Microsoft's OS is just way too expensive. As of now and as far as I know, this table is the first of it's kind using Android. The more these tables are made by different manufacturers, the more it will be cheaper and better. That's something that Microsoft products that run an OS can not ever say.

"Water-resistant", my ass, this is as water-resistant as my monitor is if was to lay it flat and spill water over the display area. They'll have to dunk their $7000 panel in a pool and turn it back on before I believe they've somehow made it "water-resistant".

"Water-resistant", not "water-proof". There is a big difference. My watch is water-resistant, but I wouldn't wear it if I went swimming.

Fish said,
"Water-resistant", not "water-proof". There is a big difference. My watch is water-resistant, but I wouldn't wear it if I went swimming.

In that case I'm probably right in saying my monitor is as water-resistant as this coffee table. So that's a heck of a useless bullet point. Are they grasping at straws trying to justify the $7000 price tag?

Fish said,
"Water-resistant", not "water-proof". There is a big difference. My watch is water-resistant, but I wouldn't wear it if I went swimming.

Umm, when I had my $50 "water-resistant" timex watch it went with me every single time I got in a pool and lasted for years(10+).

I think the original surface demonstrated much better and interesting functions.
The ability to put a mobile on it and automatically sync pictures and organize stuff.
Plus, android 4.1? seriously? why ? the hardware isn't capable?

MidnightDevil said,
I think the original surface demonstrated much better and interesting functions.
The ability to put a mobile on it and automatically sync pictures and organize stuff.
Plus, android 4.1? seriously? why ? the hardware isn't capable?

Why sync hardware? That's sooooooo (year) 2007. It's all about the cloud, now. No more syncing hardware devices together. Even Satya Nadella knows that.

didnt Microsoft show off something like this awhile back and it also had orbits of the planets & the Battlestar Galactica on it ? (looked much more fun/impressive)

Enron said,
and it still lags

There was literally no lag in that commercial . When you have to lie to make a point it just makes you look like a little kid.

M4x1mus said,

There was literally no lag in that commercial . When you have to lie to make a point it just makes you look like a little kid.

Once anything gets a bad rep for something it's impossible to shake off.

M4x1mus said,

There was literally no lag in that commercial . When you have to lie to make a point it just makes you look like a little kid.

I hope you realize that was fake. As in, not real. As in, that table doesn't actually exist with Android on it. So I'm not sure what you think you saw.

M4x1mus said,

There was literally no lag in that commercial . When you have to lie to make a point it just makes you look like a little kid.

Look at it again. Watch when their fingers move (especially when scrolling) and then watch the quarter to half-second later that the image moves.

There is definitely input lag.

McKay said,

Once anything gets a bad rep for something it's impossible to shake off.


LOL...the only bad rep comes from the 3.3% of people who use Windows Phone and Surface platforms.

VictorWho said,

LOL...the only bad rep comes from the 3.3% of people who use Windows Phone and Surface platforms.

Some iOS users still rip on Android for having lag and "No apps"

Forjo said,

Look at it again. Watch when their fingers move (especially when scrolling) and then watch the quarter to half-second later that the image moves.

There is definitely input lag.

Oh you mean the phenomena that's present on every touch screen phone? There's even a Microsoft research project to fix it but the latency in the touch digitizer in all phones is still relatively high.

Here's a link to a video about the research project if you're interested.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOvQCPLkPt4

Xenosion said,

I hope you realize that was fake. As in, not real. As in, that table doesn't actually exist with Android on it. So I'm not sure what you think you saw.

Sure. I realize that the table in the ad was fake. The point I was making was that the only example Enron had seen this table was in this commercial in which there was no lag.

myxomatosis said,

Hey look! A fanboy who didn't use an Android device for the last 3 years

Sold my Xperia Z finally after getting annoyed by lag. switched to iPhone and loving the smooth experience.

"water resistant" "coffee table"
130-170+ degree coffee resistant?
Overall, it doesn't look nearly as convenient as a tablet or PC.

It is a valid question, but one would hope that in their testing they placed/spilled the same kinds of things on it you would expect a normal coffee table to get. 170° is awfully hot for coffee, 155° is the max safe temperature to drink, and most people prefer drinks closer to the 145° range.

Or a lower price. A 46" 1080p touch screen should not cost more than about $2,500. The specs on the PC do not make up the difference.