Interactive table by Philips

Marc-o points on this new interactive table by Philips:

The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way. Entertaible comprises a 30-inch horizontal LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detection, and all supporting control electronics. It allows the players to engage in a new class of electronic games which combines the features of computer gaming, such as dynamic playing fields and gaming levels, with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and dies, of traditional board games.

Initially aimed at the out-of-home game market such as restaurants, bars, and casinos, Entertaible has the potential to evolve into a gaming platform for the consumer market.

Why do I blog this? first because I am following closely the interactive table design+user experience (for a course we give at the school), second because I see interesting applications of this to games. This one is not so original but hey it's Philips... when a mass-market consumer electronics enter this kind of field, I am curious to see how it can work out. Related see this list of interactive table I try to update.