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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The ultimate storage coffee table!

The Kai storage coffee table

Everyone loves hiding places, especially when it helps to keep things tidy. The Kai table is the ultimate storage coffee table and was designed by Naoki Hirakoso and Takamitsu Kitahara in Japan. The ideal storage solution to compact city-dwelling.

storage coffee table

Inspired by traditional Japanese puzzles, the Kai table is the ideal solution to the city-dwellers storage problems. Well, maybe not all of their storage problems, but those in the living room anyway.

japanese storage coffee table

The table opens up by way of all sorts of flaps and sliding panels to reveal multiple storage places to stash your magazines, remotes and who knows what else. It has got me wondering if it could accommodate all of your retro gaming consoles… but I suspect you’d only be ok if that collection consisted only of Gamecubes.

ultimate storage coffee table

Size: W|0.9m D|0.9m H|0.27m

There’s a suggested lead time of up to 7 weeks as these are made to order.

600,000/£3,800/$5,300

Kai Table

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Fallout 4 bar top arcade

Fallout 4 bar top arcade

As well as retro gaming, I need a taste of the modern and currently have a mild addiction to Fallout 4 (in which I also usually have an addiction to BuffJet). So when this Fallout 4 bar top arcade machine appeared in my Bethesda feed this morning, I had to share!

Bar tops are a great way to scratch your retro-gaming itch whilst appeasing the household. Small, light and therefore portable, meaning you can keep it hidden away in a cupboard. Covered with some really nice Fallout artwork this baby includes the logo and vault boy. Plus Vault-Tec colour-matching joystick and buttons… though the speakers bother me a little!

I can’t find too much info on this, but it apparently has a Raspberry Pi and XBox 360 inside. Sweet!

Bethesda.net

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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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Polycade – Retro arcade of the future

If you’ve not heard of the Polycade, it’s the wall-mount arcade machine that in December ’15 easily exceeded its $20,000 Kickstarter goal. It is the creation of brothers Tyler Bushnell, Dylan Bushnell (sons of Nolan) and Charles Carden.

polycade wall mount arcade machine

Polycade wall-mounted arcade machine on Kickstarter

From their Kickstarter page… it’s a CNC-cut, plywood shell which is then spray-painted (twice) with gloss paint in a choice of finishes. Or if you chose it, is instead vinyl wrapped with printed vinyl. Designed for those who want something to fit in with a more minimal Panton-esque apartment.

polycade colour finishes

There are a few choices for the control panel with either Happ, Sanwa or Ultimarc sticks. Plus there’s an option to have a 4-way stick or trackball in the centre of the panel. Marble Madness anyone? It is also supposedly removable for any future requirement to swap it out. polycade street fighter 2 girl

The Polycade runs on a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie and is brought to life via a 28″ LED TV. These are due to be rolled out in March, so we look forward to seeing the production item!

Polycade update:

One of the perks on the Kickstarter was to ship out a bunch of signed Atari cartridges by Nolan himself, as well as a live broadcast. Looking at the blog, this has taken place and it’s funny to read some of the comments!

See more on Kickstarter.

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Wobble chess board

I’m a regular browser of Reddit and a keen follower of the woodworking subreddit. This means discovering many amazing projects. So the other day I stumbled upon this wobble chess set with its concave squares to neatly house the brass-based pieces.

walnut maple wobble chess set

The pieces and board are made from walnut, maple and brass. You can see with the detail that a lot of time has gone onto this. If you follow the link through you’ll see the ingenious way the concave squares were carved out using a table saw and rotating jig.

walnut maple wobble chess set

Where is the chess set now?

The really cool end to the story is that the guy who made it had it sold for $1,000, until he found out the money was donations to benefit a navy crew on a combat ship. So he just decided to donate it and it can now be found on the USS Millwaukee.

via :: Reddit

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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 on Homify

Homify is an online platform for architecture, interior design, building and decoration. With images and articles to help build your dream home.

If you’ve not stumbled upon Homify yet, well it’s a great resource to help put your perfect home together. Items get tagged for certain rooms or scenarios called ‘idea books’, making it easy for you cherry pick.

You can filter by rooms, starting from porches, studies and sheds, then work your way up to kitchens, living rooms and even yachts! Select from a whole range of styles from Scandinavian to tropical, colonial to industrial. This enables you to browse through all of the rooms and images and pick out items and add them to your idea books. It’s a hassle-free way to create an ideas board which you can add to and remove from easily.

Homify ideas for the perfect home

surface tension on Homify

We now have our Nucleus and Rubik’s cube featured on the site, so you can add them to your idea books.

homify surface tension

www.homify.co.uk

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Cacti Coasters

We love these cacti drinks coasters from a fellow UK-designer Clive Roddy! Keep those coffee rings off your coffee table. These rather amazing coasters stack up into a perfect looking cactus when not in use. Well, I say perfect, I’m sure left to their own devices your friends would leave them looking nothing like a cactus.

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Meccano home furniture

Finally some build-it-yourself furniture that you can relate to. You legitimately won’t be needing the instructions either – just grab yourself a spanner! From France’s Meccano Home, there’s a range of familiar-looking modular furniture. Sold in kits and ready to assemble, I see no reason why you can’t mix and match to give a whole load more possibilities.

 

Meccano home offers a reduced number of parts for constructing a variety of furniture; chairs, stools, coffee tables, high tables, console tables, TV cabinets storage…

Meccano furniture bolts

Meccano home is designed and manufactured in France.

Meccano furniture lamp

 

Meccanohome.com

via :: werd

 

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