Coffee Table For Gadget Lovers

USB Coffee Table For Gadgets 2019 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

All my devices, cables, and game controllers are plaguing me like Tribbles, so I came up with this simple design: a coffee table with an easel, plus storage and USB charging. Perfect for couch-bound geeks everywhere.

The easel faces the couch, and you can park your phones, tablets, and remotes on it. Now you can always see who is calling, or watch your tablet with ease.

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A large drawer opens up to reveal storage for game controllers and cables, or whatever you want to toss inside. Those things called “books” could be stored in here, if you’d like.

3D TV For Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming 3D TV clear display LCD design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Those fancy 3D TVs are pretty much extinct nowadays, but I think there could be a new and fun way to apply the idea, no glasses needed. However this would strictly be for retro gaming, covering most systems from the 80’s and 90’s. This wouldn’t be ideal for watching Avatar.

Star Trek Soundbar

Star Trek viewscreen soundbar design by Dave Delisle 2019 davesgeekyideas

Just a rehash of an old idea, but now the viewscreen lights are embedded into a soundbar (which are all the rage these days). It makes more sense in a few ways: many soundbars have small indicator lights to denote volume or input, and the soundbar’s location beneath the TV is an ideal placement for the viewscreen lights.

Dr. Evil Streaming Remote

Dr. Evil Austin Powers Streaming Remote Design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas 2018

Do you like this quasi-futuristic remote I designed? It’s based on the device used by Dr. Evil to fire his employees. It’s intended to be a streaming remote, compatible with devices like the Roku or Chromecast. It enables users to fire up their preferred streaming service at the push of a button.

The one major change I made was the addition of a rotary joystick in the middle. It can be moved for navigating menus, pressed like a button, and rotated for volume control. This sort of input is common in cars with infotainment displays.

This remote sits on a coffee table, though it shouldn’t be too cumbersome to hold or place on your lap. It may need to be plugged into a PC or programmed from a smartphone app, much like a Logitech Harmony remote. It would come with numerous labels for all the streaming services, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to print your own if needed.

Alexa The Game Show Host

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The Echo Show is an Alexa assistant with a display, and I think the killer app for this device is game shows like Jeopardy where Alexa serves as the host. Alexa can display the game, narrate questions, listen for answers, and keep track of score.

Nintendo Entertainment Center

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This entertainment center is a copy of the ‘World of Nintendo’ display case that used to reside in video game stores back in the 90’s, minus the sliding glass on the front. It’s the ideal size for a flat panel display and some game consoles.

HDMI Gaming Switch

HDMI USB Switch for video game consoles 2018 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

This is an HDMI switch mixed with a power bar, inspired by the recent trend of mini consoles and clone consoles using USB as a power source.

I was shopping for just such a device today, because my TV doesn’t have enough HDMI ports. I also wanted something that would power my devices too, making it easier to deal with cable management.