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Love reading your newspaper around the kitchen table at breakfast? How about reading your newspaper on the kitchen table at breakfast? That’s the idea that The New York Times Company’s R&D Lab is developing right now. You won’t believe this demo video!

It’s like having a giant touchscreen smartphone as your tabletop, plus some added slickness for this context, like the ability to share articles with other family members sitting at the table. The table even detects when items are placed on it, which leads to some cheeky advertising (like a Starbucks ad cleverly popping up underneath the bottom of your coffee mug).  Would you love a high-tech table like this? Or do you prefer your Kitchen Table Version 1.0?

23 Responses

  1. [...] Delight: The Kitchen Table of the Future HGTV Design Happens Sat, September 3, 2011 11:00 AM UTC HGTV Design Happens Rate this story Share this story [...]

  2. Anna@HGTV says:

    If I was single, I think I would love this. But in a family situation, would it be a conversation starter or reducer?
    Someday, I wonder if we'll have giant ones covering a whole wall. Then it will be like the Ray Bradbury short story "The Veldt."

  3. ZanyMe says:

    No way! We already make everyone in the family put away their smartphones during meal times. I can't imagine having a smarttable! It would drive me nuts.

  4. Ian Thompson says:

    I would love it for the wife and I but no way for the children, it can take 2 hours for a meal time without distractions. And having 5 kids I can only imagine the arguments it would cause. Still i can dream about one. If you are interested in making your kitchen brighter visit <a href="http://www.kitchensplashbacktiles.org” target=”_blank”>www.kitchensplashbacktiles.org for some ideas.

  5. Sharon Davis says:

    I want to subscribe to HGTV Magazine too. Send me a subscription form.

  6. Karli@HGTV says:

    It's not nearly as amazing as this, but the tech center here at HGTV HQ has an interactive gaming coffee table with touchscreen chess and other digital fun.

  7. Marianne@HGTV says:

    I like this in theory, but maybe more for a desk than a family table. My kiddo hogs my iPad as it is!

  8. Rolling Kitchen says:

    We all know that technology plays a major role in everybody's life and in this era of global communication, kitchen is also not spared.

    This table is a great invention for those not free total busy type. Otherwise, most of the people still believes in dining without any distraction excluding speaking to family. This saga of modernization on anything is a never-ending process and we also need to be updated on modernized kitchen concepts, as shown by Rolling kitchen Island.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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