The first restaurant to use this table technology on unsuspecting customers wins all of the prizes.
Which, hopefully, would make up for all the tips they'd be certain to lose.
The folks at MIT who designed this piece of sorcery call it inFORM and it conscripts a Micorsoft Kinect to help remotely control that tabletop full of pins. Each movement made within the Kinect's field of vision is mimicked on the surface.
We're sure there are many significant and well-meaning uses for this technology, but remotely moving your freaked-out friend's plate of food seems right now to be the most practical.
And, if you feel like somewhere, somehow you've kinda seen something just like this before, you have:
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