What is a coffee table? Is it just a table where you drink your coffee?
The term “coffee table” has now evolved into so much more than an ordinary table.
From the time the coffee table first found its way into the west from the Ottoman Empire, it has changed and adapted itself to the different cultures and choices of the world.
Coffee tables range from tree stumps to designer-type super expensive creations.
When people buy coffee tables now, they think of ergonomics, they think of function and style, they think in terms of sophistication and elegance.
After all, coffee has evolved to so much more than a simple beverage.
Now, with the advent of internet cafés, change was inevitable for the coffee table.
At first, coffee tables were designed as other tables were, made to support food, or anything you put on top of them.
What happened now?
Some Coffee tables are now designed with the current technology of computers in mind.
Coffee tables are now designed to hold computers, as well as your coffee.
These coffee tables have special compartments designed to hold even the largest PC and still leave room on top to act as a coffee table.
Coffee tables like these offer you the convenience of eating and drinking at the same compact place where you work.
But as computers keep evolving, so did furniture.
As people kept looking for more and more ways to make life more convenient, more and more technology was discovered.
More discoveries mean more innovations.
Now, Hewlett-Packard has unveiled another innovation – a computer coffee table. Dubbed “misto”, this computer coffee table uses the technology of a touch-screen PC.
Though this is not the first attempt to incorporate the use of such technology with a coffee table, it is possibly the biggest.
And when I say big, I mean BIG.
The Misto coffee table incorporates a large touch screen to the top of the table.
HP’s coffee table uses a standard desktop PC as its processing engine, but it needs some specialized software to run the interface. Read best single serve coffee maker/ best single cup coffee maker review detailed
The Misto coffee table is also primarily targeted to be sold as a home entertainment PC.
After all, you wouldn’t spend money on a touch-screen as large as a coffee table just to use it for work, would you?
The idea, according to Hewlett-Packard, is to have people use the coffee table for interaction. They can use the coffee table to play board games, share pictures, or study.
It is, however, unclear as to whether or not you can actually use the coffee table to drink coffee.
Now that is just impractical.
Although the modern coffee table serves as a spot where people can interact, talk ideas, or discuss business, it is called a coffee table because you can drink coffee while sitting around it.
Can a coffee table give up its original function –as a place to put your coffee –and still be called a coffee table?
Oh come on.
Why do they even call it a computer coffee table? It’s just a waste of words and a distortion of the truth.
Why not just call it a computer table?
This would probably be due to the fact that in adding the word “coffee”, the whole image of the product changes.
A coffee table stimulates thoughts of family, of warmth, of style and business.
Each of us has his or her image connected with the coffee table, right?
Anyway, Computer coffee table or just one huge screen, this product is definitely one thing: unbelievable.