This invention pertains to a top face of a table that is outfitted with wireless interactivity through its display of content that can be accessed from other devices, or from its onboard computer. It can connect to smart phones that are placed on top of the table’s display face, and allow the user to interact with the mobile device on the display’s surface through a touch screen. It can also display content from the Internet, such as a web browser window, or control applications that are loaded on its computer. It also has the capability to recognize other types of objects, such as business cards that have wireless encoded microchips in them, that can allow the face of the display to act as a telephone or e-mail application to contact whomever the business card describes, without having to input the information into the system. The face of the display can also be programmed to interact with other objects, such as toys, that display holograms above the surface of the table, such as kids’ toys that can navigate around terrain such as airplanes, or toy cars, and the surface can make noises that the toys should make, and allow them to be programmed regarding how they act on the façade. The surface can also recognize who’s drink is on the surface, by identifying each drink, and placing a different colored halo around the drink on the surface – so you never have to drink out of someone else’s drink again.
- Patrick R. McElhiney
- Entertainment (ENT)