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We've seen Android thrown onto some usual devices – refrigerators, cars, ovens, some other stuff – and we've also watched as devices with the OS running on them keep getting larger and larger. And larger. Well, Ideum and 3M's latest collaboration may take the cake: it's a damn coffee table.

Yes, a coffee table.

Just look at this big ol' tablet thingy with legs. I guess it's not a coffee table after all... it's a coffee tablet.

If you even try to act like that's not cool, you're a liar. I mean, is it practical? No. Economical? Probably not. But cool? Hell yeah.

So let's talk specs. This beast of a device measures a whopping 46 inches diagonally, which I think makes it the largest Android device available in the consumer market. It's waterproof, has a 3M-manufactured 1080p display, and packs a punch with its 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive. Yeah, it's like that. The only downside is that it's running Android 4.1. How disappointing.

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Yes, one second and I'll Google that for you. I just have to unlock my coffee table first.

The table – which is called Platform 46, by the way – is scheduled to hit the market later this year for an unannounced-but-assumedly-ridiculous amount of moneydollars.

[Images via Ideum's Blog]

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As Android development continues to surge in popularity and the expectations for multi-touch interactivity becomes the norm for commercial applications, developing a high-performance Android OS solution for large-format, multi-touch devices, such as touch tables, kiosks and wall displays, has become increasingly important. Now, thanks to the collective effort of Ideum and 3M engineers, Android developers in key markets, such as gaming and entertainment, retail, trade shows, museum exhibits, and corporate environments, can create large-format, multi-user Android applications that utilize 3M’s multi-touch technology (up to 60 simultaneous touches) incorporated into Ideum’s line of table and kiosk products.

The first example of this high-performance Android OS will be exhibited on Ideum’s popular Platform 46 Coffee Table (www.ideum.com/coffee-tables), which will preview a wide variety of multi-touch Android applications in the 3M booth (#1600) at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2014, February 12-13, Las Vegas. This table will run Android Version 4.1 (Jellybean) on Intel’s x86 architecture and will be available for purchase from Ideum later this year. Additional Android offerings from Ideum are planned throughout the year, including dual-boot Android and Windows 8 systems.

“We think developers will be excited about the ease of authoring on the popular Android platform and the amazingly fast performance on our tables,” says Jim Spadaccini, CEO, Ideum. “Native Android OS support expands the possibilities for our multi-touch tables giving developers new options and providing end customers new and dynamic software solutions.”

“High-performance multi-touch Android applications are key in expanding the reach of 3M multi-touch systems and displays,” says Diego Romeu, Global Business Unit Manager, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “And we are thrilled to work with Ideum’s engineering team to help bring Android applications to their multi-touch enabled tables.”

Ideum Platform 46 Tables combine Ideum’s innovative design and build-quality with 3M’s high-performance, multi-user 46-inch 3M Multi-Touch Display C4667PW display to create a rugged turnkey touch table with ultra-fast touch response time for fluid multi-touch interaction. The table’s 3M multi-touch display has a bezel-free, full HD 1080p LCD with a chemically-strengthened glass surface and IP54 waterproof rating. The table’s pedestal is constructed with high-grade aluminum.

Ideum Platform 46 Tables perform in virtually any lighting environment since 3M projected capacitive technology – the same touch technology found in popular tablets and smart phones – is inherently unaffected by ambient light.

With its exceptional build-quality and easy-to-start “push of a button,” the Ideum Platform 46 Tables are ideal for public spaces and other heavy-use environments. A small form-factor PC is inside the chassis, allowing for easy upgrades and comes equipped with an Intel i7 3.7GHz Hyper-threaded Quad Core Processor with 16GB of RAM and a 500GB Hard Drive (specific to Coffee Table model).

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • DoubleP90

    I don't need it, but I want it!!

  • axel

    16GB of RAM? is that possible on Android? I thought that the OS didn't allow for over 4Gb without causing issues. Isn't that why 64bit allows better compatibility of 4GB or more? Idk I'm confused. But it does look awesome.

    • Andrew Loiacono

      Well it is using a i7 processor and most likely some motherboard that supports 16GB of RAM. If that table was using some of the ARM based processors we have in our phones now, then there would be a problem.

      • axel

        Ohhhhhh, okay, thank you, I guess I overlooked that part.

      • Yakov G

        It looks like they are running an emulator, so 16gb is deceptive

        • Andrew Loiacono

          Oh really? Did not know that

    • Matthew Fry

      There are indeed OS limitations on addressable RAM but there are ways to extend that limit without jumping to 64 bit via virtual addressing.

  • Ygor Vaz

    If you spill water on it you just have to say that it's a live wallpaper.

  • Dude!

    "Android version available later this year"

    "This table will run Android Version 4.1"

    -_-

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      wat

      • Dude!

        Yeah, I guess that first quote I took form the video got a bit out of context. What It meant was "Android version [of this table] available..."

        Just a plain old comment about new products shipping with old versions.

    • abobobilly

      Android 4.1

      Oh they can SUCK a ... Coffee Bean.

      • boltstrikess

        hahahahahaha no. you're not funny.

        • abobobilly

          hahahahahaha. but you are

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Time for some Custom ROMs. Always wanted to run Cm11 on 32" table

      • Brad

        46

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Even better

  • wade_county

    Root your coffee table, bro

    • abobobilly

      She is not a bro.

      Brunette should be more like it -.-

      • qu4ttro

        how do you know...

        • abobobilly

          I don't.

          P.S. I don't understand the downvotes. If it was hard to understand for some, i was referring to the women in the pictures, sitting at the "Coffee Table".

  • Jc

    They had to leave 4.1 on the most logical device to make use of Multiuser...

  • Darrien Glasser

    I can just imagine the threads on XDA...

    HALP! COFFEE TABLE STUCK IN A BOOTLOOP!

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I wonder how the hell do you put this thing in the boot loader mode?

      • jake connolly

        probably got a power button or some sort underneath, along with sound?

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          wow that would be awkward... sitting on a couch next to the table or on the floor to press 2 buttons of an unknown size

  • 808Bill

    Meh. Nothing in there about a removable SD card, so I'm not interested. ;-)

    • smeddy

      I bet the battery life is crap too :)

      • Michael J Carroll

        If they decided to go the battery route, it would likely need at least 50000mah to give even a few hour.

    • Sean Royce

      It has a 500gb hard drive. What more could you need.

      • Franco Rossel

        Sense of humor.

        • Sean Royce

          I wasn't sure whether it was a joke or not.

  • mehmehmeh

    Is that lock screen 4.1?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      What gave it away? Could it be the fact that both the story AND the press release state that it runs 4.1?

      • Brad

        Listen... with the abundance of pictures, who expects people to read??

  • Yakov G

    I built mine -- it has windows 8.1 and android on a KVM. I finished my build earlier this year, and it looks a hell of a lot better than this --

    • Yakov G

      and mine uses a regular arm android stick (upgradable, soon will be 4.4) -- and where they're using a really expensive top if someone scratches it -- you're screwed -- I made mine using different tech, so it's mar resistant acrylic, so if it's get scratched it's a relatively cheap fix

      • Enes Taşdemir

        Photos?

      • Gaurav Arora

        Pics or it didn't happen.

        • Cory_S

          just toss a 50" TV on a saw horse, add a HDMI stick for Android/Windows...done.

          • Al McDowall

            Um...touch control?

          • Cory_S

            It's on a saw horse.. aren't you picky.

        • may

          Tons if people have done this. Google DYI surface coffee table

      • CERN

        Photos? Link? Proof??

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    On my coffee table or in my coffee table?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yes.

  • Al McDowall

    I can't help thinking that a desktop OS (Win/Lin/OSX) would be a better fit for something like this. An OS which properly supports multi-window multi-tasking....

  • TechWings

    They didn't show the Play Store. Only the Amazon App Store. Not Google certified. That's the pits, because I would be tempted.

  • Alex

    The website says "from $6,950" for the existing Windows 8 version, likely the 32". I'd guess the Android version would be the same price, give or take a few dollars.

  • Izzy

    the original microsoft surface was a coffee table. they had demo units of it at the microsoft store i don't know if they still do.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I want one lol

  • robopanda333

    it's like the original microsoft surface. running android instead.

    • robopanda333
      • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

        Yep! Just with none of the features.. wait.

      • Brad

        I remember when these were announced years ago and they thought they'd be used in restaurants.

  • tocsin

    Intel core i7? Didn't know android could run on those x86 chips but this will blow away the competition any way

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Competition among coffee tables?

      • tocsin

        Exactly

  • Nathan Grebowiec

    This + Plex + Chromecast

  • adam

    Such a stupid idea.
    WHY DO I WANT IT SO BAD.

  • Arthur Dent

    So it's "Big Ass Table 2.0" (where the MSFT Surface table was 1.0).

  • Chris

    Can you open this thing up?? Love to add an SSD!! This would be awesome. I'd love to own this but I'm sure it'll be wayyyyyy to expensive.

  • DemonNiko

    My only question: Is there an SD Card slot? If not then it's a definite dealbreaker.