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2013-01-07 08:37:26 AM
screamer.alt-world.com
I've brought in a user.
 
2013-01-07 09:07:20 AM
"So we'll take a small HDTV and add touchscreen capabilities."

"That's just a touchscreen TV."

"But wait! We'll remove the stand and lay it on it's back. Table PC!"

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-07 09:13:45 AM
So when you add a keyboard in order to type efficiently, it's effectively a large laptop.

Why not just buy a laptop?
 
2013-01-07 09:30:50 AM

dickfreckle: So when you add a keyboard in order to type efficiently, it's effectively a large laptop.

Why not just buy a laptop?


Because laptops cost 1/10th that these table PCs do.

It's sort of like paying hundreds of dollars to watch sports that used to be broadcast free until enough monkeys in suits decided it would make them feel better to pay for the games.

/I'm watching you UFC on Fox broadcast. For free.
 
2013-01-07 09:35:47 AM
Original Microsoft Surface is not amused.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxk_WywMTzc
 
2013-01-07 09:36:27 AM
I can the see the need for touch screen in a business setting and I think most places have them. I see no reason or need for a touchscreen on a home/desktop computer.
 
Zel
2013-01-07 09:40:37 AM
27" all in one has been called the iMac for a couple of years now.
But since it's Windows 8, surely it's an innovative multi-user table PC.
 
2013-01-07 09:48:36 AM
Wow, this could have other applications, too. Imagine if you set up a smaller version so that two people could play games on it, together. It would be very social media and interactive. If you put it in a restaurant the players could set their drinks and pizza on it as they played their games!
 
2013-01-07 09:48:45 AM
does it come with coasters? or a coupon for a new one when you spill your beer on it?
 
2013-01-07 09:56:34 AM
I'd love a large touch screen with some games on it. But only tabletop games. Think Monopoly, Risk, D&D, Warhammer etc. And I want full control over everything. None of that "we'll move stuff you just point and click." I want the ability to cheat. Not because I want to cheat but because it means I have full control. If I want to move a pawn a square further or just move someone else back I should be able to do that.

but why do I want that in a touch screen? Because it means I won't loose parts. And things won't get torn (like monopoly money). All I want is a digital representation of the board, an interface and a set of physical dice. No more.
 
2013-01-07 10:04:44 AM

Raider_dad: I can the see the need for touch screen in a business setting and I think most places have them. I see no reason or need for a touchscreen on a home/desktop computer.


Something I learned a long time ago is that things that seem useless to me do not necessarily seem useless to others. This thing seems useless to me, too - but there are others who are not going to share that view.
 
2013-01-07 10:10:19 AM
not big enough
 
2013-01-07 10:15:19 AM

Raider_dad: I can the see the need for touch screen in a business setting and I think most places have them. I see no reason or need for a touchscreen on a home/desktop computer.


There's no 'need' for virtually any home electronics. The question is will there be demand. Will enough people with more money than they understand how to spend, buy a customized coffee table with this thing built in, so that they can have a screen saver playing as an art piece. Will some moron want to play chess on it with pieces that work with the screen to interactively play with someone in another state? Does Monopoly become funner because you can pause the game? Will someone want the world's most expensive universal remote?

Probably not but it is worth trying the market.
 
2013-01-07 10:20:19 AM

brandent: Raider_dad: I can the see the need for touch screen in a business setting and I think most places have them. I see no reason or need for a touchscreen on a home/desktop computer.

There's no 'need' for virtually any home electronics. The question is will there be demand. Will enough people with more money than they understand how to spend, buy a customized coffee table with this thing built in, so that they can have a screen saver playing as an art piece. Will some moron want to play chess on it with pieces that work with the screen to interactively play with someone in another state? Does Monopoly become funner because you can pause the game? Will someone want the world's most expensive universal remote?

Probably not but it is worth trying the market.


Board games schmored games. Imagine Starcraft 2 with a touch interface on a table.
 
2013-01-07 10:31:58 AM
Thus will it come to pass. A dying leader will know the truth of the Opera House. The missing Three will give you the Five who come from the home of the Thirteenth. You are the harbinger of death, Kara Thrace. You will lead them all to their end. End of line.
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2013-01-07 10:33:45 AM
Board games schmored games. Imagine Starcraft 2 with a touch interface on a table.
greatchoicechiro.com
 
2013-01-07 10:34:23 AM

lectos: Board games schmored games. Imagine Starcraft 2 with a touch interface on a table.
[greatchoicechiro.com image 850x566]


I didn't mention tabletop pr0n.
 
2013-01-07 10:42:02 AM

jso2897: Raider_dad: I can the see the need for touch screen in a business setting and I think most places have them. I see no reason or need for a touchscreen on a home/desktop computer.

Something I learned a long time ago is that things that seem useless to me do not necessarily seem useless to others. This thing seems useless to me, too - but there are others who are not going to share that view.


Exactly. Also, computers seem to have a way of "creating" niches for themselves. I remember my first C-64, sort of bought on a whim. "WTF do I do with it, beside games?" Six weeks later I was using it for spreadsheets and word processing.

Capability creates function.
 
2013-01-07 10:54:54 AM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: I remember my first C-64, sort of bought on a whim. "WTF do I do with it, beside games?" Six weeks later I was using it for spreadsheets and word processing.

Capability creates function.


I owe pretty much my entire adult professional life to an Atari 800 that I bought in 1979. When I first bought it I just played a few games. After a while, I taught myself programming on it, and then took it off to college where I majored in Computer Science, using the same Atari 800 to write papers and connect to the campus mainframe. I've worked with computers ever since. Funny how a little technology, and a little curiousity can change one's life.
 
2013-01-07 11:04:04 AM
But can you play pac man on it?
 
2013-01-07 11:14:17 AM
Boudica's War Tampon: dickfreckle: So when you add a keyboard in order to type efficiently, it's effectively a large laptop.

Why not just buy a laptop?

Because laptops cost 1/10th that these table PCs do.

Bullshiat. Those windows tablets cost more while giving you less than a laptop. For example a dell tablet costs about 700 with a 64 gig hard drive, whereas yiu can get a laptop for that price with a 500+ hard drive.
 
2013-01-07 11:42:28 AM

DerAppie: I'd love a large touch screen with some games on it. But only tabletop games. Think Monopoly, Risk, D&D, Warhammer etc. And I want full control over everything. None of that "we'll move stuff you just point and click." I want the ability to cheat. Not because I want to cheat but because it means I have full control. If I want to move a pawn a square further or just move someone else back I should be able to do that.

but why do I want that in a touch screen? Because it means I won't loose parts. And things won't get torn (like monopoly money). All I want is a digital representation of the board, an interface and a set of physical dice. No more.


actually, If they just made it into a dedicated boardgame console, like you just described, I'd buy the thing. Yeah, I really would be shutupandtakemymoney.jpg for the first time ever, regarding a gaming machine.
 
2013-01-07 12:18:59 PM
Tablets are a fad. People creating content don't want a cellular phone interface for a work station.
 
2013-01-07 12:28:24 PM
I'm still wondering when MS will start putting in the Microsoft Research Surface stuff like:

Microsoft Vision of different users interfaces.
Extract from techdays 2007.
Uploaded on Feb 7, 2007
 
2013-01-07 12:32:22 PM
So it's an iMac with a flat back.
 
2013-01-07 01:24:38 PM

Boudica's War Tampon: It's sort of like paying hundreds of dollars to watch sports that used to be broadcast free until enough monkeys in suits decided it would make them feel better to pay for the games.


Like football?

/thanks ESPN for taking football away from us rabbit ear folk
 
2013-01-07 04:03:37 PM

uttertosh: DerAppie: I'd love a large touch screen with some games on it. But only tabletop games. Think Monopoly, Risk, D&D, Warhammer etc. And I want full control over everything. None of that "we'll move stuff you just point and click." I want the ability to cheat. Not because I want to cheat but because it means I have full control. If I want to move a pawn a square further or just move someone else back I should be able to do that.

but why do I want that in a touch screen? Because it means I won't loose parts. And things won't get torn (like monopoly money). All I want is a digital representation of the board, an interface and a set of physical dice. No more.

actually, If they just made it into a dedicated boardgame console, like you just described, I'd buy the thing. Yeah, I really would be shutupandtakemymoney.jpg for the first time ever, regarding a gaming machine.


Add holograms and NFC to read the dice and every kid that's watched Star Wars ever will buy one immediately, and hang it under a sign that says Let the Wookie Win.
 
2013-01-07 04:36:20 PM

Zel: 27" all in one has been called the iMac for a couple of years now.


Perhaps you missed the touchscreen part of the article.
 
2013-01-07 04:44:52 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: does it come with coasters? or a coupon for a new one when you spill your beer on it?


This!

It better be able to handle some spillage
 
2013-01-07 07:20:00 PM

Mr Guy: uttertosh: DerAppie: I'd love a large touch screen with some games on it. But only tabletop games. Think Monopoly, Risk, D&D, Warhammer etc. And I want full control over everything. None of that "we'll move stuff you just point and click." I want the ability to cheat. Not because I want to cheat but because it means I have full control. If I want to move a pawn a square further or just move someone else back I should be able to do that.

but why do I want that in a touch screen? Because it means I won't loose parts. And things won't get torn (like monopoly money). All I want is a digital representation of the board, an interface and a set of physical dice. No more.

actually, If they just made it into a dedicated boardgame console, like you just described, I'd buy the thing. Yeah, I really would be shutupandtakemymoney.jpg for the first time ever, regarding a gaming machine.

Add holograms and NFC to read the dice and every kid that's watched Star Wars ever will buy one immediately, and hang it under a sign that says Let the Wookie Win.

double

sold.

/off to buy some patents
 
2013-01-07 08:57:56 PM

bestsportnascar: Original Microsoft Surface is not amused.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxk_WywMTzc


Came here for this, leaving happy. Had one in my office for a while - awesome toy.
 
2013-01-07 09:13:49 PM

theurge14: lectos: Board games schmored games. Imagine Starcraft 2 with a touch interface on a table.
[greatchoicechiro.com image 850x566]

I didn't mention tabletop pr0n.


You'd need some good Windex.
 
2013-01-07 10:01:00 PM
i.ytimg.com

meh, it's been done
 
2013-01-08 03:46:59 AM

jbtilley: /thanks ESPN for taking football away from us rabbit ear folk


And thanks to Russian pirate websites for bringing it back. I watched Notre Dame get crushed this morning. Thanks 'Bama. Thanks Russians.
(guessing that I can't post the link here)
 
2013-01-08 08:37:02 AM

Zel: 27" all in one has been called the iMac for a couple of years now.
But since it's Windows 8, surely it's an innovative multi-user table PC.


Yeah, that's what I was going to say. Someone took an iMac, removed the heavy aluminum stand, added a touchscreen and a puny battery, and laid it on its back. BFD.
 
2013-01-08 10:29:54 AM

uttertosh: /off to buy some patents


Forms orderly queue to purchase.

Seriously, that's deep in to shutupandtakemymoney.jpg territory for me.
 
2013-01-08 12:19:05 PM
www.blogcdn.com

I've gotten 2,415 times smarter since then.
 
kab
2013-01-08 01:14:52 PM

socodog: Tablets are a fad. People creating content don't want a cellular phone interface for a work station.


Bingo.
 
2013-01-08 03:28:39 PM

Vaneshi: Seriously, that's deep in to shutupandtakemymoney.jpg territory for me.


Isn't it just?

I've actually just set up a savings account on my e-bank account named "boardgamesconsolethingy" and slapped a thousand kroner into it.

I can Imagine that the warhammer cult devotees alone could crowdsource this concept in about 10 mins flat after the reddit thread went live.

I really can't get this out of my head. I would sell my soul entire life to get my hands on a 4k 100" OLED version, embedded into a dining table. (Then drop out of real life. Forever.)

WANTWANTWANT
 
2013-01-09 04:39:56 PM

jso2897: Raider_dad: I can the see the need for touch screen in a business setting and I think most places have them. I see no reason or need for a touchscreen on a home/desktop computer.

Something I learned a long time ago is that things that seem useless to me do not necessarily seem useless to others. This thing seems useless to me, too - but there are others who are not going to share that view.


Put it in the middle of a conference table at an engineering firm. You get 6 engineers around a table playing with CAD- that could be incredibly useful for hashing out design concepts. Or advertising firms. Or architecture. Or graphic design. Or web design- this could be very, very useful in certain contexts. I don't think you're gonna see many personal users of such things quite yet, but this could be a hugely beneficial for settings with computer intensive tasks and collaborative design processes.
 
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