You'd Never Have to Reach for Anything Placed on This Living Robotic Table

By Andrew Liszewski on at

If you happened to be in Tokyo, Japan, this past weekend, you might had a chance to check out the 2017 International Robot Exhibition, where companies demonstrate cutting-edge robotics by having them perform pointless tasks. I, for one, could watch this magical living table roll footballs around all day long.

The table, which was built by a company called Intelligent Actuator to show off its products, is reminiscent of the interactive pin table created by MIT’s Tangible Media Group that can also move and manipulate objects. It’s a neat tech demo that makes me excited for a future where I’ll never have to upset a fellow diner by asking them to pass me the salt while they’re engrossed in their smartphone—the table can just send it my way automatically. [Twitter/Hirotaka Niisato]

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