Automated self-reconstructing table?
September 25, 2017 12:37 AM   Subscribe

A friend has been telling me about an automated restaurant / conference table that changes who your neighbours are and we can't find anything like it online.

Possibly Swedish-made. Used to be one in a function centre on Coronation Drive, Brisbane. Works like this: you, your seat and your meal/wine/paperwork stay together but this oddly shaped table moves imperceptibly on a conveyer belt (?) and by the end of evening, you have had the opportunity to talk with everyone.

To be clear, it's not like a rotating restaurant where you keep the same companions but your view changes.
posted by b33j to Grab Bag (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Someone posted a Conveyor Belt Dinner Table idea at the Halfbakery (a web site for sharing made-up invention concepts).
posted by mbrubeck at 2:32 PM on September 26, 2017

I saw the halfbakery one, but my research did not otherwise turn a real one up.
I was quite excited when I found the search term dynamic conference tables, but it seems that what they mean by dynamic is "folding" so, boring.

I understood the question to be:
Do these really exist, and if so does anyone have any information on how we can find out more.
If that wasn't the question, then it is my question.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:25 AM on September 27, 2017

Response by poster: Okay, it turns out it is an narrow oval(ish) 'table' with a hole in the centre where your placesetting travels on a conveyer belt (like sushi trains) so your opposite dining companion keeps changing, not the one beside you. Not as exciting as I thought but still interesting. More info here and here.
posted by b33j at 4:11 PM on October 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

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