Preview of the new Dual arcade table

The new Dual arcade coffee table – Coming soon!

We’ve all been working hard on the new Dual arcade table and it’s looking pretty sweet! But why should we keep it all to ourselves?

Dual Arcade Table Re-Design

Where to start!

Why the re-design? Well, we felt the original design a little outdated. It also didn’t lend itself to any flexibility to personalising which we often get asked about and offer on both our other home arcade systems. Another reason was to reduce the assembly time in order to enable us to ship quicker.

A quick run down of the first unit in the photo shows the new Dual sporting a pair of solid walnut legs with our familiar paintwork in black gloss. The top is tinted and toughened and the speakers are discreetly located at each end.

Opposite Arcade Controls

You want to go straight to the main event? OK, so pull out the control panel drawers on both sides to give you 2 players with alternate play on the flipped screen. Not shown here (as we weren’t yet up and running), the 19″ display is located under the toughened glass. It’s tinted at the right level so as you can’t see anything other than the games themselves, but plenty bright enough in daylight.

arcade table with controls on both sides

Arcade control panel

The new Dual features the original drawer mechanism to hide the arcade controls away when not in use. We fit with Sanwa JLW arcade joysticks. These are switchable between 4 and 8 way by a lift of the control panel and rotation of a plate. Also fitted are Happ arcade buttons, designed to take a bashing over and over again. All mounted on our bolt-less metal panel which folds away when pressing the release mechanism which is easy to reach but located out of sight.

Arcade Table Legs

We’re really proud of this feature. You can choose from a selection of timbers which will include walnut (pictured), oak and ply just like our Retrograde and Nucleus systems. But what if you decide to change your decor, or even move? Well we can ship out another pair of legs to match that can be fitted in under 5 minutes.

arcade coffee table with controls both sides

Arcade table speaker covers

We fit our system speakers with a sturdy, medium weave acoustically transparent black cloth. For the first time, we’re going to be offering colour options here. We’re looking forward to seeing some of the customer choices when combined with the choice of timbers!

arcade coffee table end view

Mains powered

The one cable you can’t do without and most people aren’t willing to have a socket installed into the floor. Well, we’re doing our best to keep the table looking as clean as possible by creating a tidier cable trail by incorporating a slot into the legs. The cable can be run out in either direction and at either end.

groove in the wood cable guide

Arcade table power button and volume control

You’ll have to excuse this photo. You really are getting a sneak preview here! This will be updated as soon as we have the panel up together.

What’s this flap about? Previously, the power switch and volume control were located underneath. We’ve taken a good think about this and found a new place for them. Just click open the pop-out panel to access the power and volume. Not only that, we’ve managed to fit a USB charger option in here too. After all, we all need our devices in sight, right?

Customisable Arcade Table

We will be able to fit the Dual out with LED lighting underneath which is remote controlled and looks pretty cool during those late night game sessions.

To really complete the customisation options, we will in the future be offering the ability to change the gloss faces for anything of your choice using vinyl wrapping. The panels are easily swapped too, so if you fancy a change a couple of years down the line, we can ship something different out.

Feel free to get in touch on any of the above or if you want to ask about any other custom options. We will be updating the Dual page soon. In the mean time, you can keep an eye on what we’re doing behind the scenes on Instagram and Facebook.

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Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

You may have seen on our Twitter or Facebook feed that we have a Nucleus arcade table at the Ideal Home Show this year. (It’s on until Sunday 3rd April btw) The Nucleus featured in the Ideal Smart Home powered by Virgin Media.

Ideal Smart Home Powered by Virgin Media

We visited on the first day to make sure everything was good with the table on the stand. After all it would be getting a good hammering over the 17 days! We met the great staff manning the Virgin Media Smart Home and maybe even had a quick game on the table!

virgin smart home staff

Every day at the Ideal Home Show in the Virgin Media Smart Home there were multiple presentations on some ideas on creating a smarter home. We got ourselves over for the first one, which included special guest Suzi Perry. So I couldn’t resist challenging her to a game of Bubble Bobble.

Suzi Perry arcade table surface tension

Suzi was only there for the first presentation, along side the amazing Lee talking the crowd through some of the items within the smart home. Lee was then to soldier on alone for the rest of the 17 days.

Suzi Perry ideal smart home

BeoPlay A9

This features the BeoLink Multiroom technology, which unites your B&O PLAY and Bang & Olufsen products into one wireless system. You can play different music in different rooms – or let one song play on all your speakers throughout the home. Connect using AirPlay, DLNA or Bluetooth 4.0 and you will be playing your music in a matter of seconds.

beoplay a9 ideal home show

Sprout

A fully integrated desktop 3D scanning solution with 3D object capture, editing and multiple streamlined 3D print options. Now anyone can grab something from the real world, manipulate it in the digital world, and bring it to life in physical space.

sprout scanner ideal home show

Smart light bulbs

There were 3 smart light bulbs up in the kitchen. The LIFX Colour 1000 with smartphone control over wifi. The Olixar Lightbeats controlled by Bluetooth, plus also plays your music! The Vocca pro is a voice-activated bulb which can be turned on or off by command.

smart light bulbs ideal home show

Petcube

An interactive wireless pet camera that helps you stay connected to your pets when you are not at home. Petcube pet monitor system lets you watch, talk and play laser games with your dog or cat from anywhere using your smartphone. You can share access to your pet video cam with your friends, family or anyone else on Petcube network.

petcube ideal home show

Smarter Coffee

Enjoy Smarter Coffee with a wifi enabled brew station. The machine will grind the beans up before brewing, so you will always have the fresh stuff but without the wait. You can set it going straight after your alarm goes off so when you get downstairs, you’ll have a fresh cup in your hand without any wait.

smarter coffee maker ideal home show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Along side all of these great products was our Nucleus arcade table at the Ideal Home Show. If you have been to the show and had a play on the table, or are planning to go, send us a tweet or Instagram snap using #surface_tension_design.

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

Nucleus arcade table at The Ideal Home Show

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Chain Chomp Cat Bed

Chain chomp cat bed

It’s not particularly new, but I’m sure not everyone in the niche market of Super Mario and cats has seen this – the chain chomp cat bed!

So these guys make a lot of stuff for his cats (as well as other people’s). But the one thing that caught my eye was this giant Chain Chomp, which you may recognise from Nintendo’s Mario series, first appearing in Super Mario 3.

chain chomp cat bed

So this creation started life as a huge polystyrene ball…

chain chomp cat bed

Which after plenty of chopping and painting and the addition of a chain…

Chain Chomp cat bed

Now if only I could persuade Crumpet to sleep in one of these, I’d be in the workshop in a flash. Fat chance. She does exactly what she wants.

not ready for the chain chomp cat bed

Take a look at their site. Mike and Megan make a lot of interesting things to climb on for cats. Things I would have loved to climb all over as a kid.

See more over at catastrophicreations.com. Make sure you click on the Community >> Cat Toy Graveyard to see not only more of the Chomp Chain cat bed, but also the Mario Cat Complex, the Wooden Cat Drinking Fountain and the colourful Tetris Cat Stepping Stones!

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The classic arcade gets a high-end makeover

Over the Christmas break, I took the time to have a chat with one of the guys working over at The Wall Street Journal in the US. It was about a feature looking into arcade gaming at home and how things have evolved that you don’t have to have a 40-year old machine in your lounge to be enjoying the old arcade classics.

Wall street journal arcade article

Wall Street Journal final cut

We spoke for quite a while (long enough that I had to pause The Great Escape on TV) about how things came about and what led us to be doing what we are. How in the 80’s I used to cycle about 5 miles to the nearest arcade with my friends, burn out all our pocket money on Gauntlet, Double Dragon and Outrun, then cycle home again. Ah, those halcyon days of school holidays and my BMX. However, none of that made it into the article as Tyler Bushnell took the lion’s share of the page (hey, my dad worked in banking!) But we got our Nucleus arcade table into print as well as online with a couple of other great looking home arcade systems!

See it here on the WSJ online…

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surface tension Dual in House magazine

We’ve just been sent details of our inclusion in House Magazine. A great high-end property magazine covering a whole range of subjects, including interior design. Our first entry is nestled in on the same page as the sweet looking face warmer.

house magazine arcade table articleHouse showcases many high end homes as well as all sorts of furniture and fun items to have in your home.

surface tension Dual ::  House Magazine

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The Grilltendo: Now You’re Grilling with Power!

With a bank holiday upon us it’s traditional to dust off the old barbie and cook for our friends. But what if some of those friends are vegeterians, they still need feeding but they might not be so keen on their veggie burgers being cooked on the same BBQ as your rump steak!  Greg Matta was faced with the same problem and to differentiate between the two BBQ’s he came up with this snazzy paint scheme for his veggie one.

Please take note that when I have a BBQ at my place I always offer a vegetarian choice: they have the choice to sit there and watch us tucking into delicious meat or they can go home and cry into their tofu stew!

If it’s a gas BBQ, then of course it should be fueled by the gigantic Lego head!

via: Bit Rebels

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Super Mario Bros in the bathroom

Not like that.

There’s nothing wrong with letting a bit of your retro-nerd tendencies seep out now and again. (Though you should always know your limits).

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Eisley over at Destructoid, and her boyfriend, decided to turn their guest bathroom into a 2D Mario haven. Sounds like they’ve put in a lot of hours, and according to the blurb, there’s still more detail to go… before moving on to another room!

“This is just the first part, though, we’re starting the next level, in the second room of this bathroom, next weekend. And after that we have plans for shelves, custom light switches, fixing up a themed shower curtain, certain Marionoises somehow happening, Club Nintendo towels, and so on. The ideas never really seem to stop flowing. And yet, as we were finishing this first level yesterday my boyfriend mentioned doing yet another themed room.”

Sounds like a lot of work, but looks like a great job!

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Super Mario Brothers bathroom :: technabob

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Play some table football in style

In these winter months when going outside for a kick-around isn’t so appealing, maybe staying in and playing on a table of luxury materials is the better option. Italian Billiard-table maker Cavicchi have produced a high-end football table with “crystal playfield, shiny black floor and silver playlines”. Available in a range of materials and finishes from solid timber to gloss.

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The Opera range of tables are available in a whole host of finishes such as leather, ebony and gold leaf. Plus a mix of different themes such as F1, mosaic and Ninja Turtle!

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This is a great looking table, though I think I’d spend all my time looking out the window…

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Also available is a more traditional, squarer look, Cavicchi offer the Linear range.

Cavicchi football table :: bornrich

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Retro-Tech’s new media table

Retro-Tech have just released their new Platinum table offering up a “full multimedia experience”.

Running on Windows, it holds a 22″ LCD and uses the Logitech diNovo Edge as offered with the surface tension arcade tables. Other details are a little thin on the ground, but it’s a great looking table.
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It can easily be connected up to your flat-screen TV and hi-fi. Another recent addition is the Arcade Coffee Table with that old-skool head-to-head gaming experience.
arcade table in metal and glass

Like surface tension, Retro-tech is another UK-based company of arcade tables and media tables keeping the manufacturing side in the UK.

Go to Retro-Tech for more information.

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