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A beautifully-crafted table encapsulates electronics and robotics, allowing images to be magically sculpted in a layer of sand.
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Simon Hallam

125 backers pledged $35,537 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Lasse Hynninen on October 11, 2013

      I got mine today in Finland, Europe. Took some time to get it cleared from customs, only 108 euros in taxes :|
      Test run done, works fine. Now I just need to download more designs onto the card.
      Thanks!

    2. Creator homeunit on September 19, 2013

      Don't know if anyone is still checking these general comments, but I thought I'd share that I received my Zen Desktop unit today and I love it. Thanks a bunch for sticking it through I'm sure it hasn't been easy. :)

    3. Creator Marcus Frasier on March 20, 2013

      Got mine today! Very well built, clear instructions and worked right out the box. Thanks guys!

    4. Creator Jessica Legens on August 14, 2012

      Come on, a little info on a delivery date would be nice... i did throw down a grand on this project and havent seen an update in months.

    5. Creator Jessica Legens on June 17, 2012

      Has anyone received theirs yet?

    6. Creator homeunit on February 9, 2012

      @Walter Not to sound like a negative Nancy but we do have LCD screens that can hang on walls and be controlled by portable devices.... As for an LCD coffee table Google has shown me that there are several varieties to choose from. Some with all the features you asked for. http://tinyurl.com/6w9qk69
      and please don't take this comment as me being cheeky. Just wanted to let you know. :) I do agree with you that Simon's zen table is a neat idea. Zen coffee tables have been done before but Simon's has a unique spin on the whole idea which I find fascinating.

    7. Creator Walter Jeffries on February 8, 2012

      I like it. It's cool. Won't fit in my tiny house but it's definitely a cool idea. Glad you got funding for it. I realize that this might seem somehow anti-thematic but consider crafting a coffee table that instead of being sand is a high resolution LCD display that can connect to iPhones, iPodTouches, iPads, computers, has WiFi/CompactFlash/SSD slot, etc. Being LCD instead of sand (I know, less Zen :) ) it would have the ability to sit on the bookshelf, hang on the wall, etc. Sort of a built in coffee table book. If it had touch sensitivity to switch images that would be cool. Sits as a coffee table or hangs on the wall. A giant one of those picture frames.

    8. Creator Rick Hedeman on February 4, 2012

      Fantastic!!!

    9. Creator Chris Coady on February 4, 2012

      Congratulations on getting your funding, hopefully one day I'll be able to buy a table from you.

    10. Creator Drayton Alan on February 3, 2012

      So happy this got funded! I wish I had more than a $1. But take it as a vote of confidence!

    11. Creator Marcus Frasier on February 3, 2012

      Might be a dumb question, but will this be able to be hung or stood up? I got the desktop version, but it would be cool to add it to a bookshelf and just have it as a fixture. Looking down at it only really works for a coffee table.

    12. Creator Dr Lisa Sweet on February 3, 2012

      So glad you have the recognition you so rightly deserve

    13. Creator Dan Ruskin on February 3, 2012

      Congratulations on getting funded!

    14. Creator James C. Smith on February 3, 2012

      Go Zen Table go!!!

    15. Creator Brent Wagner on February 3, 2012

      Congratulations Simon!!!

    16. Creator Paul Byford on January 16, 2012

      A really fun project and I hope you get it funded. Great job Simon.

    17. Creator Brent Wagner on January 11, 2012

      What an amazing invention! I think it will be a huge success. Nicely done Simon!

    18. Creator James C. Smith on January 11, 2012

      I got to see the prototype table in person. It is a great work of art and engineering. Simone is an amazing inventor and one of the most dedicated people I know. I know he will come through with an amazing product if enough people back him to enable him keep working on it.

    19. Creator Ann Hallam on January 8, 2012

      This is fantastic and I saw the real thing when I visited Simon. I have backed it and hope it gets the success it deserves.

    20. Creator Erin 'RobotGrrl' Kennedy on January 5, 2012

      This is seriously cool. 8) Nicely done & good luck!

    21. Creator Simon Hallam on January 5, 2012

      Thanks Michael, my fingers are crossed :) I am working like crazy right now to spread the word as far and wide as possible, and finding time to continue to improve the design and software too, it is exciting stuff.

    22. Creator Michael McCafferty on January 5, 2012

      What an extraordinarily innovative piece of work. I hope you get the backing you need to bring this to the world... Best of luck, MM, Del Mar, CA