Look at this:
It’s the Drift Table, a product of the Interaction Design Research Studio at the RCA, and no ordinary coffee table:
The Drift Table is a coffee table with a small viewport showing a slowly changing aerial view of the British landscape. Shifting items on the table changes its apparent height, direction and speed. The current ‘location’ of the table is shown on a small screen on the table’s side, and an electronic compass aligns the photography with its actual surroundings. Almost a terabyte of aerial photography of England and Wales, donated by GetMapping.com, is available for viewing.
Cool. And in the best news I’ve had for ages, I’m getting to borrow the thing for a month. My friend Barry Brown is organising a project centred around tracking people’s responses to living with the table. I’m not sure of the exact details yet, but the plan involves lending the table to people drawn from different disciplines - visual art, music, technology, etc. - and having them submit a response making use of their particular skills.
Should be fun.