iPhone Table Guys Claim the Table.Connect Is Real
In case you haven’t heard, the ‘Table.Connect’ is a 52” multi-touch screen for the iPhone that was developed by three Austrians as a project but is making waves online. The device plugs into a jailbroken iPhone via an unknown connector cable and runs through a special app. The Table.Connect’s premise is similar to the one QNX is working on to connect BlackBerrys to touchscreens built into cars’ dashboards. It basically just transmits the iPhone’s screen to the larger one and sends back the touch input signals. Video after the jump.
Table.Connect in action
As you can see in the video, even multi-touch is supported already. Some have called the Table.Connect out as a fake, but Forbes interviewed the trio of designers via email and they responded to the accusations by saying:
“We find it quite amusing and some of those fake-claims are really creative. It was clear to us that there would be many doubters but we leave them be. Rather than wasting our time on countless ‘fake-cries’ we prefer bringing Table.Connect to a final stage.”
Pretty strong words there from the still anonymous designers. They foresee their project having applications in B2B sales but also making waves in DJing and gaming among other uses. This is just a prototype after all and there theoretically is no limit as to how big they can make these. Screens too large however, might be a bit trickier to use. Their current design was built out of an existing table and is compatible so far with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. The team does have plans to get the device to work with anything touchscreen in the future.
While we won’t know for sure if the Table.Connect is real until some outsiders get their hands onto it, I’m leaning towards yes. The technology certainly exists and as long as they actually managed to get their hands on a 52” touchscreen, there is no reason why this would be a fake. The possibility exists that they just timed a video to play on the screen and memorized the timing and motions, but that would be a lot of work for a simple hoax. A lot less work though than what must have gone into this thing…
So what do you think? The Table.Connect real or fake? Want to get your hands on one? What uses can you think up for this? Let me know! I really want one now.multi-touch, Table.Connect, touchscreen, QNX, video