Don’t put your feet on this table—really. This multi-touch surface is part of a living room control system that could cost a cool $15,000 when it’s finally ready for public consumption. Right now, though, it’s just the conceptual brainchild of a team at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences’ Media Interaction Lab. The CRISTAL system, simply put, turns a coffee table into a universal remote for your home theater, lights, digital photo library, and even vacuum.
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