Windows 7-based touchscreen table made for eating out

CES is known for companies that offer up some wild gadgets and products that, well, sometimes are never seen again. Such was apparently the case for CES 2013 this week. The products included a Windows 7-based PC that had a very interesting case mod.

In this case, we are talking about a touchscreen table, the MTT300 Touch Table PC from a company called Moneual. CNet.com reports that the PC was set up to be a kind of interactive restaurant table, where people could view the menu from the touch screen, order from its selection and even pay for your food with your credit card.

As you might imagine, the top of the table, where the 22 inch touchscreen is located, is covered in reinforced glass. After all, we don't want to have this PC to break after a spill of a glass of Coke, do we? Moneuel also says the table could be used by customers to surf the net, check up on their social networking sites and more while they wait for dinner to be served.

Inside the MTT300 Touch Table PC there's a Intel Atom D2700 processor, along with an NVIDIA GF119 graphics card, 2 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD. We are a bit mystified that the PC is running on Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, which has much better touchscreen support.

There's no word on how much this table will cost, but we suspect we won't see it in your local McDonald's anytime soon. There's also no word on when the table will be made available for sale, either. Still, it's cool that our sci-fi fantasies about what the restaurant of the future might look like is one step closer to reality.

Source: CNet | Image via Cnet

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I'd rather have it built into the table so they can be wiped off with some disinfecting spray and not handled all around like the normal menus. It is Flu season and what more perfect way to spread it than look at a menu held by someone else sick.

Is it just me, or has Microsoft Surface not followed any bit of the "trailer" they showed for Microsoft Surface a couple years ago, I thought those product ideas had a solid use in high tech and futuristic environments... this looks... like its getting back to that but it looks... a bit lame compared to what was shown on the trailer.

xbamaris said,
Is it just me, or has Microsoft Surface not followed any bit of the "trailer" they showed for Microsoft Surface a couple years ago, I thought those product ideas had a solid use in high tech and futuristic environments... this looks... like its getting back to that but it looks... a bit lame compared to what was shown on the trailer.

Uh?

First - this is a touch screen device. Surface/PixelSense is an IMAGE input device. Yes you can use your fingers, but it SEES them; just as it can see light source changes, objects on the screen, etc.

Microsoft Surface/PixelSense technologies are not widely used, but are in use around the world, from various hotels and clubs to even casinos and education environments.

The Smithsonian is an example of where Surface is used and still is doing things no other computing technology can. (Go YouTube the videos)

Literally over six years later and people still don't even 'get' what Surface/Pixelsense was about and how different it is from a touch screen technology. Yet every touch screen bigger than 20" people rush to compare it.

When a product can literally see and respond to a flashlight or see a glass sitting on the screen, THEN you can compare it to Surface/PixelSense.

Oh, and why is it not more popular, maybe because people don't get what the technology is and think, "Oh a big touch screen" and thus don't realize why it costs $5000 instead of $2500.

xbamaris said,
Is it just me, or has Microsoft Surface not followed any bit of the "trailer" they showed for Microsoft Surface a couple years ago, I thought those product ideas had a solid use in high tech and futuristic environments... this looks... like its getting back to that but it looks... a bit lame compared to what was shown on the trailer.

Here is a partial explanation: http://www.neowin.net/news/did...off-windows-7-tablet-design

Rohdekill said,
Probably has more germs on it than a toilet by they end of the day.

Yeah cause we all know restaurant tables never get cleaned between customers /s

Rohdekill said,
Probably has more germs on it than a toilet by they end of the day.

its supposed to replace the table, not the plate. I thought that was pretty obvious.

It replaces the table and menu. Yes, it is obvious....just as it is obvious that you'll get hundreds of people, some with colds or the flu, touching it, sneezing on it. Young toddlers will find it a toy and take the hands from their mouths and slap them around on the surface. You'll also get a nasty rag wiping it over and spreading germs table to table. And you will have no choice but to to touch it or go hungry. Anything strong enough to kill the germs will eventually dull the glass.

I see it as nothing but a lame gimmick and a very costly replacement to a printed menu.

Meh, one the original Microsoft Surface did this, and better.. This is one of those dead products right out of the gate. Really not sure why this is even being posted as "current" news, the whole idea and concept was already done and done better, a year or two ago.

Indeed. I've eaten at inamo in London that had similar tables. They weren't as advanced; it was a projected full screen Flash app with a touchpad.

Having used both the original Surface and the PixelSense my personal opinion is the following:

Surface: brilliant idea with good implementation (for it's time)
PixelSense: same idea with lackluster implementation (it just looks extremely cheap compared to the original device...)

BTW: PixelSense is also based on Win7 as it has it's own shell ontop of the regular Windows (the Surface-technology has been included in every version of Windows 7...)

oooppss, sorry - I didn't want to order that $100 fillet mignon, that you just delivered. I just put my coke down in the middle of the table. Please take it back to the kitchen and don't charge me for it!

MFH said,
Having used both the original Surface and the PixelSense my personal opinion is the following:

Surface: brilliant idea with good implementation (for it's time)
PixelSense: same idea with lackluster implementation (it just looks extremely cheap compared to the original device...)

BTW: PixelSense is also based on Win7 as it has it's own shell ontop of the regular Windows (the Surface-technology has been included in every version of Windows 7...)

Both imaging based input devices, the main difference is the screen technology, where the original Surface used a DLP base projector and was far less compact.

Original Surface was Windows Vista with custom drivers. PixelSense was is Windows 7 that used the native touch drivers and APIs of Windows 7.

Not sure why you would think that PixelSense felt cheap, as it is a more solid design just in a thinner form factor.

Also in a massive contrast to this device, they are image input devices NOT touch devices. This is a TOUCH device that cannot see objects next to the screen, nor size or shape, etc.

Why do you think that you can educate me on how the Surface/PixelSense works? Never mind that's what you always do in all your comments...