It's not just a big tablet in the form of a table. It really called surface computing and Microsoft Surface already exists. All you need is the software and a touch screen. Supposedly it can recognize different objects and orientations. In the future they may even incorporate full color scanning technology. The buzz is that it could be the next paradigm shift in personal computing.
(uggh my noobness keeps me from posting a link - the company is "Savant AV")
Savant AV also makes a very surface-like "Rosie Coffee Table" that also works with true-image control. I just set one up in the fort lauderdale boat show. It's here and available today - but boy are you gonna pay for it.
Thats not the only human interface controller LOL. I agree that onscreen display is the way to go. According to the CEO at Savant they built it just to see if they could, and it sort of took off. They also do in-wall touchpanels of various size, a 13" wireless handheld (similar to a crestron stx), and an imac sized one. iPod and iPhone as a remote too. I for one would never have this monster even if I could afford it.
table remote todo stuff like
- pulling pics / video from memory cards
- visual interface for mce tasks when screen/projector not on (like firing up music)
- cool factor
- mame playing (arcade games)
- console storage / dvd play holder
- normal watching activites (volume / channel control / dvr work)